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Dictionary Definition

perform

Verb

1 carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance" [syn: execute, do]
2 perform a function; "Who will perform the wedding?"
3 give a performance (of something); "Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight"; "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"
4 get (something) done; "I did my job" [syn: do]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To do something
    The scientists performed several experiments.
    It took him only twenty minutes to perform the task.
  2. To do something in front of an audience in order to entertain it.
    She will perform in the play
    The magician performed badly - none of his tricks worked.
    The string quartet performed three pieces by Haydn.

Translations

to do something
to do something in front of an audience
to be checked

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

A performance, in performing arts, generally comprises an event in which one group of people (the performer or performers) behave in a particular way for another group of people (the audience). Sometimes the dividing line between performer and the audience may become blurred, as in the example of "participatory theatre" where audience members might get involved in the production. Singing choral music, and performing in a ballet are examples. Usually the performers participate in rehearsals beforehand. Afterwards audience members often clap, indicating appreciation. However, sometimes this rule is reversed. In Japan, the greatest compliment is complete silence.
Performances, for example in theatre, can take place daily, or at some other regular interval. Performances can take place at someone's house, in a subway, or even at a dollar store. Talent, on the other hand, is subjective.

Performance genres

Examples of performance genres include:
A music performance (a concert or a recital) may take place indoors in a concert hall or outdoors in a field, and may require the audience to remain very quiet, or encourage them to sing and dance along with the music.
A performance may also describe the way in which an actor performs. In a solo capacity, it may also refer to a mime artist, comedian, conjurer, or other entertainer.
perform in Azerbaijani: İfa
perform in German: Aufführung
perform in Esperanto: Spektaklo
perform in Lithuanian: Performansas
perform in Tajik: Намоиш

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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