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per·form

 (pər-fôrm′)
v. per·formed, per·form·ing, per·forms
v.tr.
1. To begin and carry through to completion; do: The surgeon performed the operation.
2. To take action in accordance with the requirements of; fulfill: perform one's contractual obligations.
3.
a. To enact (a feat or role) before an audience.
b. To give a public presentation of; present: My theater group performed a three-act play.
v.intr.
1. To function or accomplish something as expected or required: a car that performs well on curves; workers not performing up to standard.
2. To yield a return on investment: stocks that performed well.
3. To portray a role or demonstrate a skill before an audience: The juggler performed atop a unicycle.
4. To present a dramatic or musical work or other entertainment before an audience.

[Middle English performen, from Anglo-Norman performer, from Old French parfornir : par-, intensive pref. (from Latin per-, per-) + fournir, to furnish; see furnish.]

per·form′a·ble adj.
per·form′er n.
Synonyms: perform, execute, accomplish, achieve
These verbs signify to carry through to completion. To perform is to carry out an action, undertaking, or procedure, often with great skill or care. The ship's captain performed the wedding ceremony. Laser experiments are performed regularly in the laboratory.
Execute implies performing a task or putting something into effect in accordance with a plan or design: "To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be a king" (Edmund Burke).
Accomplish connotes the successful completion of something, often of something that requires tenacity or talent: "Make one brave push and see what can be accomplished in a week" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
To achieve is to accomplish something, often something significant, especially despite difficulty: "Some are born great ... Some achieve greatness ... And some have greatness thrust upon them" (Shakespeare).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.performer - an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audienceperformer - an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
entertainer - a person who tries to please or amuse
actor, histrion, thespian, role player, player - a theatrical performer
artiste - a public performer (a dancer or singer)
baton twirler, twirler - someone who twirls a baton
comedian, comic - a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts
rodeo rider, cowboy - a performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging
dancer, professional dancer, terpsichorean - a performer who dances professionally
executant - a performer (usually of musical works)
fire-swallower, fire-eater - a performer who pretends to swallow fire
fire walker - someone who walks barefoot on burning coals
geek - a carnival performer who does disgusting acts
headliner, star - a performer who receives prominent billing
juggler - a performer who juggles objects and performs tricks of manual dexterity
conjurer, conjuror, magician, prestidigitator, illusionist - someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience
minstrel - a performer in a minstrel show
monologist - an entertainer who performs alone
instrumentalist, musician, player - someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
puppeteer - one who operates puppets or marionettes
Savoyard - a person who performs in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan
sightreader - a performer who reads without preparation or prior acquaintance (as in music)
snake charmer - a performer who uses movements and music to control snakes
second banana, straight man - a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian
ecdysiast, exotic dancer, peeler, striptease, striptease artist, stripteaser, stripper - a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music
strongman - a man who performs feats of strength at a fair or circus
vaudevillian - a performer who works in vaudeville
ventriloquist - a performer who projects the voice into a wooden dummy

performer

noun artiste, player, Thespian, trouper, play-actor, actor or actress A performer played classical selections on the violin.

performer

noun
One who plays a musical instrument:
Translations
účinkující
musikerskuespiller
flytjandi
účinkujúci
izvajalec

performer

[pəˈfɔːməʳ] N (Theat) → actor/actriz m/f, artista mf (Mus) → intérprete mf
a skilled performer on the pianoun pianista experto
this fund has been one of the best performers in recent yearseste fondo de inversiones ha sido de los que han dado mejores resultados en los últimos años
he was a poor performer at schoolno le iba muy bien en el colegio

performer

[pərˈfɔːrr] n
(= musician) → interprète m/f
He is perhaps the best performer on the contemporary music scene → C'est peut-être le meilleur interprète sur la scène de la musique contemporaine.
a solo performer → un artiste solo, un interprète solo
(= athlete, sportsperson) → performer mf, performeur/euse m/f
Europe's top performer at the U.S. Open → le meilleur performer or performeur européen à l'US open
(= organization, product) to be a good performer (= successful) [hospital, school] → être performant; [company] → être performant; [product, PC, car] → être performant; [fund] → être performant
to be the star performer [company] → être l'entreprise phare; [product] → être le produit phare
to be a poor performer [hospital, school] → ne pas être performant, être moins performant
those hospitals which are poor performers → les hôpitaux qui ne sont pas performants, les hôpitaux qui sont moins performants

performer

nKünstler(in) m(f)

performer

[pəˈfɔːməʳ] nartista m/f

perform

(pəˈfoːm) verb
1. to do, especially with care or as a duty. The doctor performed the operation.
2. to act (in the theatre etc) or do anything musical, theatrical etc to entertain an audience. The company will perform a Greek play; She performed on the violin.
perˈformance noun
1. the doing of something. He is very conscientious in the performance of his duties.
2. the way in which something or someone performs. His performance in the exams was not very good.
3. something done on stage etc. The company gave a performance of `Othello'; His last three performances have not been very good.
perˈformer noun
a person who performs, especially theatrically or musically.
References in classic literature ?
And she is a fine performer, without any saddle at all.
It is needless to say that no sleight-of-hand performer, however expert, unless aided by the powers of darkness, could have accomplished this feat; but a luckless child in the pursuit of virtue had done it with a turn of the wrist.
Upon these occasions, a lady's character generally precedes her; and Highbury has long known that you are a superior performer.
On this point my mind is easy enough: all my anxieties center in the fair performer.
Bob Cass was figuring in a hornpipe, and his father, very proud of this lithe son, whom he repeatedly declared to be just like himself in his young days in a tone that implied this to be the very highest stamp of juvenile merit, was the centre of a group who had placed themselves opposite the performer, not far from the upper door.
But what a funny idea to kidnap a performer on the stage
Though artisans may not be able at once to execute the invention which is explained in the "Dioptrics," I do not think that any one on that account is entitled to condemn it; for since address and practice are required in order so to make and adjust the machines described by me as not to overlook the smallest particular, I should not be less astonished if they succeeded on the first attempt than if a person were in one day to become an accomplished performer on the guitar, by merely having excellent sheets of music set up before him.
It happened that the performer who had hitherto formed the base of the Car had quitted the troupe, and as, to fill this part, only strength and adroitness were necessary, Passepartout had been chosen to take his place.
The Baron could not help admitting to himself that it was being magnificently played: but he tried in vain to get a glimpse of the youthful performer.
My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit.
The man is by trade a conjurer and performer, going round the canteens after nightfall, and giving a little entertainment at each.
Like every true performer, she was intoxicated by the mere feel of the notes: they were fingers caressing her own; and by touch, not by sound alone, did she come to her desire.