Per*form" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Performed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Performing.] [OE. performen, parfourmen,
parfournen, OF. parfornir, parfournir, to finish,
complete; OF. & F. par (see Par) + fournir to
finish, complete. The word has been influenced by form; cf. L.
performare to form thoroughly. See Furnish.]
1. To carry through; to bring to completion; to
achieve; to accomplish; to execute; to do.
I will cry unto God most high, unto God that
performeth all things for me. Ps. lvii.
Great force to perform what they did
attempt. Sir P. Sidney.
2. To discharge; to fulfill; to act up to; as,
to perform a duty; to perform a promise or a
To perform your father's will.
3. To represent; to act; to play; as in
Perform a part thou hast not done
Syn. -- To accomplish; do; act; transact; achieve; execute;
discharge; fulfill; effect; complete; consummate. See
Per*form", v. i. To do, execute, or
accomplish something; to acquit one's self in any business; esp., to
represent sometimes by action; to act a part; to play on a musical
instrument; as, the players perform poorly; the musician
performs on the organ.