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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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