Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PERFORMS

She has a boy who works with her and performs the rougher tasks.

When she performs in that way with her hands, you may swear she is didactic.'

You may be sure of that; but, as is always the case, it is gold which performs that miracle.

Arrange to pay your boy so much an hour for the duties he performs.

And it is with all the selfishness of the artist that it performs its usual operations.

The band that performs at a Munich beer-garden is not the sort of band that can be ignored.

Like Moore too, he both composes and performs his own songs.

This task De Foe performs with unequalled spirit and vivacity.

He is noiseless over his work, which he performs efficiently.

It has continuity and it performs functions and it is an historic entity.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "carry into effect, fulfill, discharge," via Anglo-French performer, altered (by influence of Old French forme "form") from Old French parfornir "to do, carry out, finish, accomplish," from par- "completely" (see per-) + fornir "to provide" (see furnish).

Theatrical/musical sense is from c.1600. The verb was used with wider senses in Middle English than now, including "to make, construct; produce, bring about;" also "come true" (of dreams), and to performen muche time was "to live long." Related: Performed; performing.