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"performance" in British English

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uk   /pəˈfɔː.məns/  us   /pɚˈfɔːr-/

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 ​improvetheir 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 ​youngplayer, 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 ​playingmusic: 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 ​smallmatters that are not ​important: Cleaning the ​oven is such a performance. What a performance! Please ​stopshouting!a repeat performance an ​occasion when an ​event or a ​situationhappens again: The ​policehope 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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 us   /pərˈfɔr·məns/

performance noun (DOING)

[U] the ​act of doing something, such as ​yourjob: If the ​accidenthappened during the performance of his ​regular duties, he’s ​covered by ​disabilityinsurance. [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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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 ​restructureoperations to ​cutcosts after its disappointing performance of the past ​ 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 ​profitswarning in January. The ​businessvaluemodel should ​includehigh-level performance ​measures such as ​profitability, ​marketgrowth, etc. operating/​trading performance
[U] IT how well a ​computer, ​machine, etc. ​works: The latest Intel-based ​notebooksrival 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 ​legalagreement: 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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