Hypertext Webster Gateway: "performing"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

I will cry unto God most high, unto God that
performeth all things for me. --Ps. lvii. 2.

Great force to perform what they did attempt. --Sir
P. Sidney.

2. To discharge; to fulfill; to act up to; as, to perform a
duty; to perform a promise or a vow.

To perform your father's will. --Shak.

3. To represent; to act; to play; as in drama.

Perform a part thou hast not done before. --Shak.

Syn: To accomplish; do; act; transact; achieve; execute;
discharge; fulfill; effect; complete; consummate. See

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : the performance of a part or role in a drama [syn: {acting},
{playing}, {playacting}]

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