verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French parfurmer, alteration of perforner, parfurnir, from par-, per- thoroughly (from Latin per-) + furnir to complete — more at furnish Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to adhere to the terms of ; fulfill <
perform a contract
2. carry out, do 3. a. to do in a formal manner or according to prescribed ritual b. to give a rendition of ; present intransitive verb 1. to carry out an action or pattern of behavior ; act, function 2. to give a performance ; playperformability nounperformable adjectiveperformer noun Synonyms: perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill <
performed gymnastics
. execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent <
executed the hit-and-run
. discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks <
discharged his duties
. accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out <
accomplished everything they set out to do
. achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties <
achieve greatness
. effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles <
effected sweeping reforms
. fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities <
fulfilled their ambitions

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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