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noun performance pronunciation in American English /pəˈfɔrməns/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the act of performing a play, dance, or other form of entertainment
    performance of: The first performance of the opera was in 1936.
    give a performance: The school drama society will give a performance of Hamlet.
    1. a.
      the way that a person or group of people performs a piece of music or other entertainment
      She gave the greatest performance of her career.
      The quality of the performances was poor.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] formal the process of doing a job or action
    performance of: a charge of hindering the police in the performance of their duty
  3. 3
    [singular] spoken something that is difficult or complicated to do
    Getting everything into the car was quite a performance.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the speed and effectiveness of a machine or vehicle
    an exciting car with outstanding performance
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the standard to which someone does something such as a job or an examination
      Teachers have to measure students’ performance against specific objectives.
      The report said the performance of the museum staff was outstanding.
    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] the degree of success of an investment in making money for you
      Before deciding on a pension, consider its past performance.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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