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performance    : [pɚf'ɔrməns]
Performance \Per*form"ance\, n.
The act of performing; the carrying into execution or action;
execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by
action; as, the performance of an undertaking of a duty.
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Promises are not binding where the performance is
impossible. --Paley.
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2. That which is performed or accomplished; a thing done or
carried through; an achievement; a deed; an act; a feat;
esp., an action of an elaborate or public character. "Her
walking and other actual performances." --Shak. "His
musical performances." --Macaulay.
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Syn: Completion; consummation; execution; accomplishment;
achievement; production; work; act; action; deed;
exploit; feat.
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n 1: 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" [synonym: {performance}, {public
2: 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
3: 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" [synonym: {performance}, {execution},
{carrying out}, {carrying into action}]
4: any recognized accomplishment; "they admired his performance
under stress"; "when Roger Maris powered four home runs in
one game his performance merits awe"
5: 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" [synonym: {operation}, {functioning}, {performance}]

240 Moby Thesaurus words for "performance":
Philharmonic concert, accomplished fact, accomplishment,
accordance, achievement, acquittal, acquittance, act, acta, acting,
action, adherence, administration, adventure, agency, aping,
appearance, attainment, baccalaureate service, band concert,
behavior, benefit, bill, blow, bringing to fruition, buffoonery,
business, cantando, care, carrying out, celebration, ceremonial,
ceremony, chamber concert, characterization, commencement,
commission, completion, compliance, concert, conduct, conformance,
conformity, consummation, convocation, coup, dealings, debut, deed,
demeanor, demilegato, demonstration, deportment, direction,
discharge, dispatch, display, doing, doings, driving, dumb show,
effectiveness, effectuation, efficacy, effort, embodiment,
empty formality, enacting, enactment, endeavor, engagement,
enterprise, entertainment, execution, exercise, exercises, exhibit,
exhibition, exploit, exposition, exposure, expression,
fait accompli, farewell performance, feat, fingering, flesh show,
formal, formality, fruition, fulfillment, function, functioning,
gag, gest, gig, glissando, go, graduation, graduation exercises,
ham, hammy acting, hand, handiwork, handling, heed, heeding, hoke,
hokum, imitation, impersonation, implementation, inaugural,
inauguration, incarnation, initiation, interpretation, intonation,
job, keeping, legato, liturgy, management, maneuver, manipulation,
masquerade, measure, mezzo staccato, mimesis, mimicking, mimicry,
miming, mission accomplished, move, mummery, music-making,
musical performance, musical program, observance, observation,
occupation, office, opening, operancy, operation, ostentation,
overacting, overproduction, overt act, pantomime, pantomiming,
parlando, passage, patter, performing, perpetration, personation,
personification, philharmonic, pianism, pizzicato, play,
playacting, playing, pop concert, pops, popular concert, portrayal,
posing, practice, premiere, presentation, presentment, proceeding,
production, productiveness, program, program of music, projection,
prom, promenade concert, realization, recital, religious ceremony,
rendering, rendition, repercussion, representation, res gestae,
respect, responsibility, retrospective, rite, rite de passage,
rite of passage, ritual, rubato, running, satisfaction, scene,
service, service of music, show, showing, slapstick, slur,
solemnity, solemnization, spiccato, staccato, stage business,
stage directions, stage presence, stage presentation, steering,
step, stroke, stunt, success, swan song, symphony concert,
taking a role, theatrical performance, thing, thing done, touch,
tour de force, transaction, tryout, turn, undertaking, unfolding,
unfoldment, unveiling, varnishing day, vernissage, work, working,
workings, works

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