Etymology
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perform (v.)

c. 1300, performen, "carry into effect, fulfill, discharge, carry out what is demanded or required," via Anglo-French performer, performir, altered (by influence of Old French forme "form") from Old French parfornir "to do, carry out, finish, accomplish," from par- "completely" (see per-) + fornir "to provide" (see furnish). Church Latin had a compound performo "to form thoroughly, to form."

Theatrical/musical senses of "act or represent on or as on a stage; sing or render on a musical instrument" are from c. 1600. The verb was used with wider senses in Middle English than now, including "to make, construct; produce, bring about;" also "come true" (of dreams), and to performen muche time was "to live long." Related: Performed; performing; performable.

updated on March 31, 2020

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Definitions of perform from WordNet

perform (v.)
carry out or perform an action;
Synonyms: execute / do
perform (v.)
perform a function;
Who will perform the wedding?
perform (v.)
give a performance (of something);
We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera
Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight
perform (v.)
get (something) done;
Synonyms: do
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