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Definition 1: the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it - [noun denoting act]

Samples where performance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they criticised his performance as mayor
  • experience generally improves performance

Synonyms for performance in the sense of this definition

(performance is a kind of ...) something done (usually as opposed to something said)

"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

(... is a kind of performance ) the performance of a legal contract as specified by its terms

(... is a kind of performance ) (linguistics) a speaker's actual use of language in real situations; what the speaker actually says, including grammatical errors and other non-linguistic features such as hesitations and other disfluencies (contrasted with linguistic competence)

(... is a kind of performance ) the technical aspects of doing something

"a mechanism of social control" "mechanisms of communication" "the mechanics of prose style"

(... is a kind of performance ) the performance of a religious or ceremonial or public duty

Definition 2: the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment - [noun denoting act]

Samples where performance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal
  • an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto

(performance is a kind of ...) a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view

"the presentation of new data" "he gave the customer a demonstration"

(... is a kind of performance ) the act of performing a drama

"the group joined together in a dramatic production"

(... is a kind of performance ) a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)

(... is a kind of performance ) the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance

"her rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving"

(... is a kind of performance ) a performance in one place on one night only

(... is a kind of performance ) the act of performing music

(... is a kind of performance ) an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

(... is a kind of performance ) throwing and catching several objects simultaneously

(... is a kind of performance ) a performance given extempore without planning or preparation

(... is a kind of performance ) an extra or repeated performance; usually given in response to audience demand

(... is a kind of performance ) a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation

"the program lasted more than two hours"

(performance is a part of ...) the performance of a part or role in a drama

Definition 3: any recognized accomplishment - [noun denoting act]

Samples where performance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they admired his performance under stress
  • when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe

(performance is a kind of ...) the action of accomplishing something

(... is a kind of performance ) better than expected performance (better than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)

(... is a kind of performance ) poorer than expected performance (poorer than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)

Definition 4: a dramatic or musical entertainment - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where performance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they listened to ten different performances
  • the play ran for 100 performances
  • the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity

Synonyms for performance in the sense of this definition

(performance is a kind of ...) a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

"they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"

(... is a kind of performance ) (music) the first public performance (as of a dramatic or musical work) anywhere in the world

(... is a kind of performance ) a lavishly produced performance

"they put on a Christmas spectacular"

(... is a kind of performance ) a performance of a play

(... is a kind of performance ) theatrical performance combining singing and dancing

(... is a kind of performance ) a performance of a musical composition or a dramatic role etc.

"they heard a live rendition of three pieces by Schubert"

(... is a kind of performance ) performance of music or dance especially by soloists

(... is a kind of performance ) the first public performance of a play or movie

(... is a kind of performance ) performance of a play by a group of readers

(... is a kind of performance ) performance by or technique of a pianist

"a program of pianism"

(... is a kind of performance ) a performance of music by players or singers not involving theatrical staging

(... is a kind of performance ) a performance to raise money for a charitable cause

(... is a kind of performance ) a short performance that is part of a longer program

"he did his act three times every evening" "she had a catchy little routine" "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"

(performance is a part of ...) the closing section of a musical composition

Definition 5: process or manner of functioning or operating - [noun denoting process]

Samples where performance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the power of its engine determines its operation
  • the plane's operation in high winds
  • they compared the cooking performance of each oven
  • the jet's performance conformed to high standards

Synonyms for performance in the sense of this definition

(performance is a kind of ...) a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

"events now in process" "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"

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