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performverb [I/T]

 us   /pərˈfɔrm/

perform verb [I/T] (DO)

to do an ​action or ​piece of ​work: [T] The ​operation was performed with the ​patient under ​generalanesthesia. If something performs well or ​badly, it ​operatessatisfactorily or does not ​operatesatisfactorily: [I] The ​car performed poorly during the ​tests.

perform verb [I/T] (ENTERTAIN)

to ​entertainpeople by ​singing, ​dancing, ​playingmusic, etc.: [T] The ​magician performed a ​number of ​tricks that had us ​gasping in ​surprise.
performer
noun [C]  us   /pərˈfɔr·mər/
By the ​age of 12, she was a ​seasonedcircus performer.
performing
adjective [not gradable]  us   /pərˈfɔr·mɪŋ/
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performverb

uk   /pəˈfɔːm/  us   /pɚˈfɔːrm/

perform verb (DO)

B2 [T] to do an ​action or ​piece of ​work: Computers can perform a ​variety of ​tasks. The ​operation will be performed next ​week. Most of the ​students performed well in the ​exam.perform well/badly to ​operate/not ​operate in a ​satisfactory way: The ​equipment performed well during the ​tests. These ​tyres perform ​badly/​poorly in ​hotweather.
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perform verb (ENTERTAIN)

B1 [I or T] to ​entertainpeople by ​dancing, ​singing, ​acting, or ​playingmusic: Thomas and Elisa performed a ​rousingduet for ​violin and ​piano. She ​composes and performs her own ​music. A ​majorHollywoodstar will be performing on ​stagetonight. There are ​plans to ​bancircuses with performing ​animals.
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performverb

uk   us   /pəˈfɔːm/
[T] to do a ​job, ​task, or ​duty: perform an operation/task/role As ​part of the ​assessment, ​candidates were ​asked to perform a ​grouptask. The ​regulatorfailed to perform his ​duty to ​seek an ​enforcementorder.
[I] to do something in a ​satisfactory or expected way: The threat of ​redundancies was affecting the team's ​ability to perform. How well do these ​savingsaccounts perform in the ​longerterm?perform well/badly/poorly The company's ​corebrand is performing well. The ​fund has been the top performingethicalunittrust for five ​years.
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