Definition of performance in English:

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Pronunciation: /pərˈfôrməns/


1An act of staging or presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment: Don Giovanni had its first performance in 1787
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  • It is dedicated to presenting concerts and performances with a meaning.
  • The show follows the traditional plot of the fairytale story but with plenty of comedy and slapstick to keep the crowds entertained for both evening and matinee performances.
  • There, pageants and performances could be presented against the authentic background of Clifford's Tower and the Castle Museum buildings.
show, production, showing, presentation, staging;
concert, recital
informal gig
1.1A person’s rendering of a dramatic role, song, or piece of music: Bailey gives a sound performance as the doctor
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  • Highly stylized dramatic performances were accompanied by music.
  • It also includes songs and live music performances, although the core of the show is still the Irish folk dance.
  • I would like to thank the young people who worked to put on a wonderful performance of Sound of Music at the Wyvern.
rendition, rendering, interpretation, reading, playing, acting, representation
1.2 [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
fuss, production, palaver, scene, business, pantomime
informal song and dance, big deal, to-do, hoo-ha
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
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  • Judicial immunity promotes independence by allowing the fearless performance of the judicial function.
  • It is addressing a different realm of discourse, namely, performance of judicial functions.
  • How do you say it impairs their performance of their functions as judges?
carrying out, execution, discharge, accomplishment, completion, fulfillment, dispatch, implementation
formal effectuation
2.1An 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
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  • Can the people afford to trust the group with its record of failure in terms of performance and financial management?
  • Dublin remains a divided city in terms of academic performance.
  • I will measure performance in terms of achievement at the top line taking into account how much money we put behind the brands.
2.2The 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
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  • Not if you were raised on a steady diet of hot rods, muscle cars and performance vehicles.
  • The machines sharing the work usually come to have different performance capabilities.
  • The operator can notice changes in machine performance and handling to some degree.
functioning, working, operation, running, behavior, capabilities, capability, capacity, power, potential
2.3The extent to which an investment is profitable, especially in relation to other investments.
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  • Many investors first consider the investment performance of a unit trust before they actually buy units.
  • Investment performance is dependent on fund managers making good decisions consistently.
  • Returns also vary with the investment performance of the financial experts managing the funds.
2.4 (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.
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  • The notion is intended to replace his dichotomy of competence and performance.

Words that rhyme with performance

conformance, outperformance

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Syllabification: per·for·mance

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