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English noun: performance

1. performance (communication) a dramatic or musical entertainment


SamplesThey listened to ten different performances.
The play ran for 100 performances.
The frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity.


Synonymspublic presentation


Broader (hypernym)show


Narrower (hyponym)act, benefit, bit, concert, histrionics, number, pianism, play reading, premiere, recital, rendering, rendition, representation, routine, song and dance, spectacular, theatrical, theatrical performance, turn, world premiere


Part holonymcoda, finale

2. performance (act) the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment


SamplesWe congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal.
An inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto.


Broader (hypernym)demonstration, presentation, presentment


Narrower (hyponym)conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, dramatic performance, dramatic production, encore, extemporisation, extemporization, illusion, improvisation, interpretation, juggle, juggling, last hurrah, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, musical performance, one-night stand, program, programme, rendering, rendition, swan song, thaumaturgy, trick


Part holonymacting, performing, playacting, playing

3. performance (act) the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it


SamplesThey criticised his performance as mayor.
Experience generally improves performance.


Synonymscarrying into action, carrying out, execution


Broader (hypernym)action


Narrower (hyponym)linguistic performance, mechanics, mechanism, officiation, specific performance

4. performance (act) any recognized accomplishment


SamplesThey admired his performance under stress.
When Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe.


Broader (hypernym)accomplishment, achievement


Narrower (hyponym)overachievement, underachievement

5. performance (process) process or manner of functioning or operating


SamplesThe power of its engine determines its operation.
The plane's operation in high winds.
They compared the cooking performance of each oven.
The jet's performance conformed to high standards.


Synonymsfunctioning, operation


Broader (hypernym)physical process, process









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