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verb     perform pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleperforming
past tenseperformed
past participleperformed
  1. 1
    [transitive] to complete an action or activity, especially a complicated one
    perform a task/duty/service:

    Machines are capable of performing many routine tasks.

    perform an experiment/check/test:

    Two experiments were performed to test this hypothesis.

    perform a ceremony/rite/ritual:

    The Queen will perform the opening ceremony on Saturday.

    perform miracles (=do things that seem almost impossible):

    an interior designer who can perform miracles with your home

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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to have a particular job or purpose
      perform a function/role:

      The front teeth perform a cutting function.

      Often a grandparent could perform the role of main carer.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to do something in front of an audience in order to entertain them, for example by acting in a play or singing

    Akram went on to perform on stage in England and India.

    The opera was first performed in 1992.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to do something with a particular amount of success

    Stress at home affects how you perform at work.

    perform well/poorly/satisfactorily:

    The tyres perform well in wet or snowy conditions.



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