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 {Furnish}.] 1. To carry through; to bring to completion; to achieve; to accomplish; to execute; to do. [1913 Webster]

I will cry unto God most high, unto God that performeth all things for me. --Ps. lvii. 2. [1913 Webster]

Great force to perform what they did attempt. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

2. To discharge; to fulfill; to act up to; as, to perform a duty; to perform a promise or a vow. [1913 Webster]

To perform your father's will. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To represent; to act; to play; as in drama. [1913 Webster]

Perform a part thou hast not done before. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To accomplish; do; act; transact; achieve; execute; discharge; fulfill; effect; complete; consummate. See {Accomplish}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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