performance - definition and synonyms


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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 variable.

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  2. 2
    [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.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the speed and effectiveness of a machine or vehicle

      an exciting car with outstanding performance

    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.

  3. 3
    [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

  4. 4
    [singular] spoken something that is difficult or complicated to do

    Getting everything into the car was quite a performance.