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1an act of staging or presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment:Don Giovanni had its first performance in 1787 a person’s rendering of a dramatic role, song, or piece of music:Bailey gives a sound performance as the doctor [in singular] informal a display of exaggerated behavior or a process involving a great deal of unnecessary time and effort; a fuss:he stopped to tie his shoe and seemed to be making quite a performance of it
2the action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function:the continual performance of a single task reduces a man to the level of a machine an action, task, or operation, seen in terms of how successfully it was performed:pay increases are now being linked more closely to performance a dynamic performance by Davis the capabilities of a machine, vehicle, or product, especially when observed under particular conditions:the hardware is put through tests that assess the performance of the processor the extent to which an investment is profitable, especially in relation to other investments. (also linguistic performance) Linguistics an individual’s use of a language, i.e., what a speaker actually says, including hesitations, false starts, and errors. Often contrasted with competence.