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"performance" in British English

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performancenoun

uk   /pəˈfɔː.məns/  us   /pɚˈfɔːr.məns/
  • performance noun (ACTIVITY)

B2 [C or U] how well a person, machine, etc. does a piece of work or an activity: Some athletes take drugs to improve their performance. High-performance cars (= those that are fast, powerful, and easy to control) are the most expensive. This was a very impressive performance by the young player, who scored 14 points within the first ten minutes.

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  • performance noun (ENTERTAINMENT)

B1 [C] the action of entertaining other people by dancing, singing, acting, or playing music: a performance of Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" She gave a superb performance as Lady Macbeth.
a performance mainly UK informal
an action or type of behaviour that involves a lot of attention to detail or to small matters that are not important: Cleaning the oven is such a performance. What a performance! Please stop shouting!
a repeat performance
an occasion when an event or a situation happens again: The police hope to avoid a repeat performance of last year, when the festivities turned into rioting.

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(Definition of performance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"performance" in American English

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performancenoun

 us   /pərˈfɔr·məns/
  • performance noun (DOING)

[U] the act of doing something, such as your job: If the accident happened during the performance of his regular duties, he’s covered by disability insurance.
[U] Performance also refers to how well an activity or job is done: With a record of 2 wins and 3 defeats, the team’s performance has been disappointing.
(Definition of performance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"performance" in Business English

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performancenoun

uk   us   /pəˈfɔːməns/
[C or U] how successful an investment, company, etc. is and how much profit it makes: The Fund's past performance does not necessarily indicate how it will perform in the future.good/solid/strong performance Last year saw a strong performance from the high-street retailer.bad/disappointing/poor performance The retailer said it would restructure operations to cut costs after its disappointing performance of the past year.business/economic/financial performance Financial performance was below expectations and we are working on improvements.boost/improve/measure performance The board is under pressure to improve performance following a profits warning in January. The business value model should include high-level performance measures such as profitability, market growth, etc. operating/trading performance
[U] IT how well a computer, machine, etc. works: The latest Intel-based notebooks rival PC performance.
[U] how well someone does their job or their duties: good/impressive/poor perfomance He was fired for poor performance. John's departure is not directly related to his performance.
formal LAW the act of doing what is stated in a legal agreement: Subject to due performance of its obligations, each Party shall be entitled to receive copies of all results.
(Definition of performance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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