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English verb: perform

1. perform (creation) carry out or perform an action

SamplesJohn did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters.
The skater executed a triple pirouette.
She did a little dance.

Synonymsdo, execute

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)ad-lib, appear, blaze away, carry, churn out, click off, conduct, cut, cut corners, declaim, direct, extemporise, extemporize, improvise, improvize, interpret, lead, make, pipe up, practice, practise, premier, premiere, recite, rehearse, render, scamp, serenade, star, stunt

2. perform (social) perform a function

SamplesWho will perform the wedding?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)church, officiate

3. perform (creation) give a performance (of something)

SamplesHorowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight.
We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera.

ExamplesDid he perform his major works over a short period of time?

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)re-create

Narrower (hyponym)act, audition, barnstorm, barnstorm, concertise, concertize, conduct, debut, give, grandstand, interlude, play, play, play, play out, playact, rap, roleplay, sight-read, sightread, solo, try out, underperform

Domain categoryperforming arts

4. perform (social) get (something) done

SamplesI did my job.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill

Narrower (hyponym)do one's best, give full measure, give one's best, go all out, misdo, overachieve, ply, turn, underachieve, underperform

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