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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).

performing

(pəˈfɔːmɪŋ)
adj
(of an animal) trained to perform tricks before an audience, as in a circus

Performing


showmanship or any activity taking advantage of people’s credulity or desire for sensational entertainment, as practiced by P. T. Barnum (1810-91).
a participant in a noisy mock serenade, as a charivari.
a mock serenade accompanied by much noise and revelry, often played as a joke on newly married couples.
a strip tease dancer.
one who performs feats that require an unusual sense of balance, as a tightrope walker.
the art or technique of escaping from chains, locked trunks, etc., as a form of entertainment. — escapist, n., adj.
the art or skill of tightrope walking. — funambulist, n.
a performance involving Harlequin or other characters of the Commedia dell’Arte; hence, buffoonery or clownish behavior. Also called harlequinery.
a conjurer or magician who creates illusions, as by sleight of hand.
the art of the juggler.
skill in or practice of feats of dexterity that create a magical illusion. — legerdemainist, n.
the art or practice of copying or imitating closely, especially by a person for the purpose of entertainment. See also biology. — mimic, mimical, adj.
1. the art of performing monologues.
2. Obsolete, a monologue.
1. a performance by mummers, performers wearing masks or fantastic disguises.
2. any showy but empty performance.
the art of mute acting. — pantomimist, n.
a humorous performance at the piano, sometimes with a verbal accompaniment by the performer.
the art of legerdemain; sleight of hand. — prestidigitator, n.prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
the art of making and handling puppets.
a person who recites poetry or other literary excerpts for entertainment.
an image formed by a shadow cast upon a lighted surface, as one formed by the hands for entertainment. — shadowgraphist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.performing - the performance of a part or role in a dramaperforming - the performance of a part or role in a drama
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
personation, portrayal, characterization, enactment - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
personation, impersonation - imitating the mannerisms of another person
method acting, method - an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
dumb show, pantomime, mime - a performance using gestures and body movements without words
byplay, stage business, business - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious"
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
skit - a short theatrical episode
hamming, overacting - poor acting by a ham actor
heroics - ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct; "heroics are for those epic films they make in Hollywood"
reenactment - performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time; "the reenactment of the battle of Princeton"
roleplaying - acting a particular role (as in psychotherapy)
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
Translations

performing

[pəˈfɔːmɪŋ]
A. ADJ [animal] → amaestrado
B. CPD performing arts NPLartes fpl de la interpretación

performing

[pərˈfɔːrmɪŋ] adj [animal] → savant(e)performing arts npl
the performing arts → les arts mpl du spectacle

performing

adj animaldressiert; artistdarstellend; the performing artsdie darstellenden Künste; performing rightsAufführungsrechte pl

performing

[pəˈfɔːmɪŋ] adj (animal) → ammaestrato/a
a performing seal → una foca ammaestrata
References in classic literature ?
Poor Jo looked abashed, and silently chafed the end of her nose with the stiff handkerchief, as if performing a penance for her misdemeanors.
They chatted incessantly: about the things around them; their amusing adventure out in the water-it had again assumed its entertaining aspect; about the wind, the trees, the people who had gone to the Cheniere; about the children playing croquet under the oaks, and the Farival twins, who were now performing the overture to "The Poet and the Peasant.
Uncas acted as attendant to the females, performing all the little offices within his power, with a mixture of dignity and anxious grace, that served to amuse Heyward, who well knew that it was an utter innovation on the Indian customs, which forbid their warriors to descend to any menial employment, especially in favor of their women.
Do you really think, Miss Hepzibah, that any lady of your family has ever done a more heroic thing, since this house was built, than you are performing in it to-day?
Planted deep, in the town's earliest infancy and childhood, by these two earnest and energetic men, the race has ever since subsisted here; always, too, in respectability; never, so far as I have known, disgraced by a single unworthy member; but seldom or never, on the other hand, after the first two generations, performing any memorable deed, or so much as putting forward a claim to public notice.
Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces --though I cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminating judgment.
But the tendency to rapid sinking in this substance was in the present instance materially counteracted by the other parts of the head remaining undetached from it, so that it sank very slowly and deliberately indeed, affording Queequeg a fair chance for performing his agile obstetrics on the run, as you may say.
In the shop where he worked was a man, a Lithuanian like himself, whom the others spoke of in admiring whispers, because of the mighty feats he was performing.
Her heart was set on performing her promise to Tom and Aunt Chloe, and she sighed as discouragements thickened around her.
If he had been behind a screen I should have supposed they were performing a surgical operation on him.
And this would help him to understand why constructing artificial flowers or performing on a tread-mill is work, while rolling ten-pins or climbing Mont Blanc is only amusement.
And I really believe he HAS the most delicate conscience in the world; the most scrupulous in performing every engagement, however minute, and however it may make against his interest or pleasure.