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per·for·mance

 (pər-fôr′məns)
n.
1. The act of performing or the state of being performed.
2. The act or style of performing a work or role before an audience.
3. The way in which someone or something functions: The pilot rated the airplane's performance in high winds.
4. A presentation, especially a theatrical one, before an audience.
5. Something performed; an accomplishment.
6. Linguistics One's actual use of language in actual situations.
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performance

(pəˈfɔːməns)
n
1. the act, process, or art of performing
2. an artistic or dramatic production: last night's performance was terrible.
3. manner or quality of functioning: a machine's performance.
4. informal mode of conduct or behaviour, esp when distasteful or irregular: what did you mean by that performance at the restaurant?.
5. informal any tiresome procedure: what a performance dressing the children to play in the snow!.
6. any accomplishment
7. (Linguistics) linguistics (in transformational grammar) the form of the human language faculty, viewed as concretely embodied in speakers. Compare competence5, langue, parole5
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per•for•mance

(pərˈfɔr məns)

n.
1. an entertainment presented before an audience.
2. the act of performing a ceremony, play, piece of music, etc.
3. the execution or accomplishment of work, acts, feats, etc.
4. a particular action, deed, or proceeding.
5. an action or proceeding of an unusual or spectacular kind.
6. the act of performing.
7. the manner in which or the efficiency with which something reacts or fulfills its intended purpose.
8. Ling. a person's actual use of language in real situations. Compare competence (def. 4).
[1485–95]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.performance - a dramatic or musical entertainmentperformance - a dramatic or musical entertainment; "they listened to ten different performances"; "the play ran for 100 performances"; "the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity"
show - a social event involving a public performance or entertainment; "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
routine, number, act, bit, turn - a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
benefit - a performance to raise money for a charitable cause
concert - a performance of music by players or singers not involving theatrical staging
pianism - performance by or technique of a pianist; "a program of pianism"
play reading - performance of a play by a group of readers
premiere - the first public performance of a play or movie
recital - performance of music or dance especially by soloists
rendering, rendition - a performance of a musical composition or a dramatic role etc.; "they heard a live rendition of three pieces by Schubert"
song and dance - theatrical performance combining singing and dancing
spectacular - a lavishly produced performance; "they put on a Christmas spectacular"
world premiere - (music) the first public performance (as of a dramatic or musical work) anywhere in the world
coda, finale - the closing section of a musical composition
2.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"
dramatic performance, dramatic production - the act of performing a drama; "the group joined together in a dramatic production"
encore - an extra or repeated performance; usually given in response to audience demand
extemporisation, extemporization, improvisation - a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
juggle, juggling - throwing and catching several objects simultaneously
conjuring trick, legerdemain, magic trick, thaumaturgy, magic, deception, conjuration, illusion, trick - an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
musical performance - the act of performing music
one-night stand - a performance in one place on one night only
interpretation, rendering, rendition - the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance; "her rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving"
last hurrah, swan song - a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)
demonstration, presentation, presentment - a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view; "the presentation of new data"; "he gave the customer a demonstration"
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
programme, program - a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation; "the program lasted more than two hours"
3.performance - the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it; "they criticised his performance as mayor"; "experience generally improves performance"
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
specific performance - the performance of a legal contract as specified by its terms
linguistic performance - (linguistics) a speaker's actual use of language in real situations; what the speaker actually says, including grammatical errors and other non-linguistic features such as hesitations and other disfluencies (contrasted with linguistic competence)
mechanics, mechanism - the technical aspects of doing something; "a mechanism of social control"; "mechanisms of communication"; "the mechanics of prose style"
officiation - the performance of a religious or ceremonial or public duty
4.performance - any recognized accomplishment; "they admired his performance under stress"; "when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe"
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something
overachievement - better than expected performance (better than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)
underachievement - poorer than expected performance (poorer than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)
5.performance - process or manner of functioning or operating; "the power of its engine determines its operation"; "the plane's operation in high winds"; "they compared the cooking performance of each oven"; "the jet's performance conformed to high standards"
physical process, process - a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
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performance

noun
1. presentation, playing, acting (out), staging, production, exhibition, interpretation, representation, rendering, portrayal, rendition They are giving a performance of Bizet's Carmen.
2. show, appearance, concert, gig (informal), recital The band did three performances at the Royal Albert Hall.
3. work, acts, conduct, exploits, feats The study looked at the performance of 18 surgeons.
4. functioning, running, operation, working, action, behaviour, capacity, efficiency, capabilities What is the car's performance like?
6. (Informal) carry-on (informal, chiefly Brit.), business, to-do, act, scene, display, bother, fuss, pantomime (informal, chiefly Brit.), song and dance (informal), palaver, rigmarole, pother She made a big performance of cooking the dinner.
Quotations
"The only true performance is the one which attains madness" [Mick Jagger]
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performance

noun
1. The act of beginning and carrying through to completion:
2. One's artistic conception as shown by the way in which something such as a dramatic role or musical composition is rendered:
3. The way in which a machine or other thing performs or functions:
behavior, functioning, operation, reaction, working (often used in plural).
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Translations
أداءأدَاءٌتأدِيَهتَمْثيل
představenívýkonvystoupeníchováníplnění
indsatsopførelseoptrædenudførelse
suoritus
izvedba
framkvæmdframmistaîasÿning, flutningur, leikur
実行
수행
plnenievykonávanie
nastopučinek
uppträdande
การแสดง
tiết mục biểu diễn

performance

[pəˈfɔːməns]
A. N
1. (Theat, Mus etc)
1.1. (= session) (Theat) → función f (Cine) → sesión f
tonight's performance will end at 9.45 pm (Theat) → la función de esta noche terminará a las 21.45
the late performance (Theat) → la función de noche (Cine) → la sesión de noche
two performances nightly (Theat) → dos funciones or representaciones por noche (Cine) → dos sesiones por noche
no performance tonightesta noche no hay función, no hay representación esta noche
1.2. (= presentation) [of play, opera, ballet] → representación f; [of piece of music] → interpretación f
it has not had a performance since 1950 (Theat) → no se ha representado desde 1950 (Mus) → no se ha interpretado desde 1950
the play ran for over 300 performancesla obra tuvo más de 300 representaciones
first performanceestreno m
video footage of the band in performanceunas secuencias en vídeo del grupo en concierto
1.3. (by actor, singer) → actuación f, interpretación f; (by pianist, orchestra) → interpretación f; (by comedian) → actuación f
his performance as Don Juan was excellentsu actuación en el papel or su interpretación del papel de Don Juan fue excelente
this will be her first performance at Covent Gardenesta será su primera actuación en Covent Garden
see also gala B
see also virtuoso
2. (= effectiveness) [of investment, worker] → rendimiento m; [of currency] → comportamiento m; [of team, athlete, racehorse] → actuación f; [of company] → resultados mpl; [of vehicle] → rendimiento m, performance f (LAm); [of machine] (= productivity) → rendimiento m; (= working) → funcionamiento m
the performance of the pound against the markel comportamiento de la libra con respecto al marco
we judge people on performance rather than agejuzgamos a las personas por su rendimiento y no por su edad
the party's disastrous performance in the electionslos pésimos resultados del partido en las elecciones
Britain's poor economic performance in the 1970sel poco rendimiento de la economía británica en los setenta
on past performance, an England victory seems unlikelysi nos basamos en las actuaciones anteriores, parece poco probable que Inglaterra vaya a ganar
her poor performance in Frenchsu poco rendimiento en francés, sus malos resultados en francés
he didn't put up a very good performance in the examsno obtuvo muy buenos resultados en los exámenes, los exámenes no le salieron muy bien
the team gave or put up a poor performanceel equipo tuvo una actuación pobre
see also high-performance, performance-related
3. (= execution) [of task] → realización f, ejecución f; [of duty] → cumplimiento m; [of function] → ejercicio m; [of rite, ritual] → práctica f, celebración f
she has to rely on others for the performance of the simplest taskstiene que depender de otros para realizar or ejecutar las tareas más sencillas
in the performance of his dutiesen el ejercicio de su cargo
4. (= bother, rigmarole) → follón m, jaleo m
it's such a performance getting herellegar aquí supone tal follón or jaleo
what a performance it is to get a visa!¡conseguir un visado es un verdadero follón or jaleo!
5. (= fuss about nothing) → numero m
what a performance she made of making the teavaya numero que montó para hacer el té
6. (Ling) → actuación f
B. CPD performance art Nperformance art m
performance car Ncoche m de alto rendimiento
performance indicator N (Comm, Fin) → indicador m del rendimiento
performance target Nobjetivo m de rendimiento
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performance

[pərˈfɔːrməns]
n
(= show) → représentation f
The performance lasts two hours → La représentation dure deux heures.
[play, opera] → représentation f; [piece of music] → interprétation f
a performance of Bizet's Carmen → une représentation de Carmen de Bizet
[actor, musician, singer] → interprétation f
his performance as Hamlet → son interprétation d'Hamlet
[player, team] → prestation f
the team's poor performance → la médiocre prestation de l'équipe
The team put up a good performance → L'équipe a réalisé une bonne prestation.
(= work done) [worker, company, government] → performances fpl
The study looked at the performance of 18 surgeons → L'étude portait sur les performances de 18 chirurgiens.
to measure the performance of sb/sth → mesurer les performances de qn/qch
How is a company to measure its performance? → Comment une compagnie doit-elle mesurer ses performances?
(= financial results) → résultats mpl
the company's poor performance → les mauvais résultats de la compagnie
[car, engine] → performances fpl
modif [assessment, appraisal, review] → des performances performance figures, performance bonus, performance indicators, performance targetsperformance art nart m performanceperformance bonus nprime f de rendementperformance figures nplchiffres mpl des performancesperformance indicators nplindicateurs mpl de performanceperformance-related pay n (for factory worker)salaire m au rendement; (for manager, professional)salaire m au résultatperformance targets npl (for service)objectifs mpl de performance
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performance

n
(esp Theat, of play, opera etc) → Aufführung f; (cinema) → Vorstellung f; (by actor) → Leistung f; (of a part)Darstellung f; the late performancedie Spätvorstellung; her performance as Mother Courage was outstandingihre Darstellung der Mutter Courage war hervorragend; he gave a splendid performanceer hat eine ausgezeichnete Leistung geboten, er hat ausgezeichnet gespielt/gesungen etc; we are going to hear a performance of Beethoven’s 5thwir werden Beethovens 5. Sinfonie hören
(= carrying out) (of function, duty, task)Erfüllung f; (of operation)Durchführung f; (of ritual, ceremony)Vollzug m; (of trick)Vorführung f; (of miracle)Vollbringung f; (of play, concerto)Aufführung f; (of solo, duet)Vortrag m; (of part)Darstellung f; in the performance of his dutiesin Ausübung seiner Pflicht; he died in the performance of his dutyer starb in Erfüllung seiner Pflicht
(= effectiveness) (of machine, vehicle, sportsman etc)Leistung f; (of examination candidate etc)Abschneiden nt; (of shares)Kursentwicklung f; he put up a good performanceer hat sich gut geschlagen (inf); what was his performance like in the test?wie hat er in der Prüfung abgeschnitten?; the team gave a poor performancedie Mannschaft hat eine schlechte Leistung gezeigt
(inf: = to-do, palaver) → Umstand m; (= bad behaviour)Benehmen nt; what a performance!was für ein Umstand!, welch ein Benehmen!; what a performance to put on in front of all the guestssich so vor den Gästen zu benehmen!

performance

:
performance art
performance artist
nPerformancekünstler(in) m(f)
performance car
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performance

[pəˈfɔːməns] n
a. (see vt a) → svolgimento, adempimento, celebrazione f
in the performance of his duties → nell'adempimento dei suoi doveri
b. (presentation, of play, opera) → rappresentazione f; (of film, ballet) → spettacolo; (by actor, of a part) → interpretazione f
he gave a splendid performance → la sua interpretazione è stata magnifica
a fine performance of the Ninth Symphony → un'ottima esecuzione della Nona sinfonia
what a performance! (fam) → quante scene or storie!
c. (effectiveness, of machine) → prestazioni fpl; (of company) → rendimento; (of racehorse, athlete) → performance f inv
the team put up a good performance → la squadra ha giocato una bella partita
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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.
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performance

أدَاءٌ představení optræden Durchführung εκπλήρωση actuación suoritus performance izvedba prestazione 実行 수행 voorstelling gjennomføring wyniki desempenho, espetáculo представление uppträdande การแสดง performans tiết mục biểu diễn 表演
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performance

n rendimiento, desempeño; performance-enhancing drugs drogas para mejorar el rendimiento
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References in classic literature ?
Very early in my life, possibly because of the insatiable curiosity that was born in me, I came to dislike the performances of trained animals.
But persons who think otherwise, and are of a lazy, or a benevolent, or a sarcastic mood, may perhaps like to step in for half an hour, and look at the performances. There are scenes of all sorts; some dreadful combats, some grand and lofty horse-riding, some scenes of high life, and some of very middling indeed; some love-making for the sentimental, and some light comic business; the whole accompanied by appropriate scenery and brilliantly illuminated with the Author's own candles.
That gentleman was a sort of Barnum, the director of a troupe of mountebanks, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, equilibrists, and gymnasts, who, according to the placard, was giving his last performances before leaving the Empire of the Sun for the States of the Union.
As to the 52-foot linear raters, praised so much by the writer, I am warmed up by his approval of their performances; but, as far as any clear conception goes, the descriptive phrase, so precise to the comprehension of a yachtsman, evokes no definite image in my mind.
One of our most admired Performances was MACBETH, in which we were truly great.
Yes, novels; for I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel-writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of which they are themselves adding -- joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid pages with disgust.
This thought hath been carried so far, and is become so general, that some words proper to the theatre, and which were at first metaphorically applied to the world, are now indiscriminately and literally spoken of both; thus stage and scene are by common use grown as familiar to us, when we speak of life in general, as when we confine ourselves to dramatic performances: and when transactions behind the curtain are mentioned, St James's is more likely to occur to our thoughts than Drury-lane.
At certain periods it becomes the dearest ambition of a man to keep a faithful record of his performances in a book; and he dashes at this work with an enthusiasm that imposes on him the notion that keeping a journal is the veriest pastime in the world, and the pleasantest.
The most valuable feature of the lecture was the disclosure of the methods of the Hindu jugglers in their famous performances, familiar in the mouths of travelers.
He has taken a masterly advantage of our helplessness; and has imposed terms on us, for performances at Derby and Nottingham, with such a business-like disregard of all interests but his own that -- fond as I am of putting things down in black and white -- I really cannot prevail upon myself to record the bargain.
The first part of the performance had concluded when we got to the theater, and the ballet had not yet begun.
The day came at last when Pinocchio's master was able to announce an extraordinary performance. The announcements, posted all around the town, and written in large letters, read thus: