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perform    : [pɚf'ɔrm]
Perform \Per*form"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Performed}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Performing}.] [OE. performen, parfourmen, parfournen,
OF. parfornir, parfournir, to finish, complete; OF. & F. par
(see {Par}) fournir to finish, complete. The word has been
influenced by form; cf. L. performare to form thoroughly. See
1. To carry through; to bring to completion; to achieve; to
accomplish; to execute; to do.
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I will cry unto God most high, unto God that
performeth all things for me. --Ps. lvii. 2.
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Great force to perform what they did attempt. --Sir
P. Sidney.
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2. To discharge; to fulfill; to act up to; as, to perform a
duty; to perform a promise or a vow.
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To perform your father's will. --Shak.
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3. To represent; to act; to play; as in drama.
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Perform a part thou hast not done before. --Shak.
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Syn: To accomplish; do; act; transact; achieve; execute;
discharge; fulfill; effect; complete; consummate. See
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Perform \Per*form"\, v. i.
To do, execute, or accomplish something; to acquit one's self
in any business; esp., to represent sometimes by action; to
act a part; to play on a musical instrument; as, the players
perform poorly; the musician performs on the organ.
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v 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"
[synonym: {perform}, {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" [synonym: {do}, {perform}]

177 Moby Thesaurus words for "perform":
accompany, accomplish, achieve, act, act a part, act as,
act as foil, act out, affect, ape, appear, attain, barnstorm,
be effective, be in action, be productive, behave, betoken,
brandish, breathe, bring about, bring forth, bring forward,
bring into being, bring into view, bring off, bring out,
bring to fruition, bring to notice, carry into execution, carry on,
carry out, carry through, carry to completion, cause, chord,
come out, compass, complete, concertize, conduct, consummate,
cope with, copy, dangle, deal with, demonstrate, depict, develop,
discharge, disclose, discourse, dispatch, display, dispose of,
divulge, do, do duty, do the job, do the trick, do up brown,
dramatize, effect, effectuate, embody, emote, emotionalize, enact,
end, engineer, evidence, evince, execute, exhibit, expose to view,
express, fetch, finish, flaunt, flourish, fulfill, function,
get top billing, give sign, give token, go, handle, have effect,
have free play, have play, highlight, illuminate, impersonate,
implement, incarnate, indicate, industrialize, interpret,
knock off, make, make clear, make music, make plain, manage,
manifest, masquerade as, mass-produce, materialize, mean, militate,
mime, mimic, mount, officiate, operate, overproduce, pantomime,
parade, pass for, patter, percolate, perform as, perk, personate,
play, play a part, play by ear, play the lead, playact, polish off,
pose as, practice, present, pretend to be, produce, pull off,
put away, put on, react, realize, register, render, represent,
respond, reveal, roll out, run, serve, set forth, show, show forth,
sketch, spotlight, stage, star, steal the show, stooge, succeed,
symphonize, take, take care of, take effect, take off, tick, token,
transact, tread the boards, trot out, troupe, turn the trick,
unfold, upstage, volume-produce, wave, wind up, work, work out

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