US: /pɝˈfɔɹməns/
UK: /pəfˈɔːməns/

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Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
1 [C] the act of performing a play, concert or some other form of entertainment: The performance starts at seven. + an evening performance + a performance of Ravel's String Quartet + Please refrain from talking during the performance. + a series of performances by the Kirov Ballet + one of the band's rare live performances
2 [C] the way a person performs in a play, concert, etc: She gave the greatest performance of her career. + an Oscar-winning performance from Al Pacino
3 [U, C] how well or badly you do sth; how well or badly sth works: the country's economic performance + It was an impressive performance by the French team. + The new management techniques aim to improve performance. + He criticized the recent poor performance of the company. + high-performance (= very powerful) cars / aircraft + performance indicators (= things that show how well or badly sth is working) + performance-related pay (= money that you earn that depends on how well you do your job) + Profits continue to grow, with strong performances in South America and the Far East. + Her academic performance has been inconsistent.
4 [U, sing.] (formal) the act or process of performing a task, an action, etc: She has shown enthusiasm in the performance of her duties. + He did not want a repeat performance of the humiliating defeat he had suffered.
5 [sing.] (informal, especially BrE) an act that involves a lot of effort or trouble, sometimes when it is not necessary: It's such a performance getting the children off to school in the morning. + He always goes through the whole performance of checking the oil and water even if we're in a hurry.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 execution, completion, bringing off or about, accomplishment, effectuation, carrying out, discharge, dispatch, conduct, carrying-on, doing, fulfilment:
The soldiers acquitted themselves nobly in the performance of their duties
2 show, exhibition, exhibit, play, playing, engagement, act, appearance, Colloq gig:
She does three performances nightly at the Blue Angel.
3 playing, acting, interpretation, presentation, portrayal:
His performance in the courtroom scene was outstanding.
4 behaviour, conduct, deportment, demeanour:
Her performance in the pub last night was outrageous.
5 scene, show, exhibition, display:
The lad put on quite a performance till threatened with punishment by the headmaster.

Collocation dictionary

1 sth performed


live | public | evening, matinee | amateur, professional | cameo | solo | repeat
The party are dreading a repeat performance of their defeat in the last election.
| ballet, concert, dance, musical, opera, theatrical | benefit, charity


give, put on
The theatre is putting on a performance of the popular musical ‘Cats’.
| attend, go to


art | artist


in ~
The course aims to develop the children's appreciation of music in performance.

2 way in which sth is done


brilliant, convincing, dazzling, electrifying, excellent, fine, flawless, good, great, impressive, inspired, outstanding, polished, remarkable, sparkling, spirited, strong, superb, wonderful
The recording gives the most convincing performance of Stravinsky's ‘Rite of Spring’ to date. the country's strong economic performance over the last two years
| bad, disappointing, lacklustre, poor | satisfactory | consistent | central
Mel Gibson's central performance in the film as Hamlet
| all-round, overall
He got top marks for overall academic performance.
| business, economic, financial, sales | academic, school


deliver, give, put in
The team put in an excellent performance at the World Cup.
| affect | assess, measure | improve


indicator, level, measure, measurement, standard, target


~ as
her fine performance as Ophelia
| ~ from
The film has a great performance from Jack Lemmon.
| ~ on
his flawless performance on the piano


a level/measure/quality/standard of performance
to maintain a high level of performance
| on past performance
Sales forecasts were based on past performance.
| the proper performance of your duties

3 of a machine


high | low, poor | engine


affect | assess, measure | enhance, improve

More information about PERFORMANCE


arts write ~
He's written a new West End musical.

do, present, perform, produce, put on, stage ~
We are proud to present the play ‘Rocket to the Moon’. The drama group is doing a show.

direct ~
She is directing Verdi's opera ‘La Traviata’ at La Scala next year.

act in, appear in, perform in, sing in, star in ~
He starred in the West End hit musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.

rehearse (for) ~
We had no time to rehearse for the play.

go to
the ballet/opera/theatreI haven't been to the theatre for ages.

see ~
Have you seen that new production of ‘Macbeth’?

~ open
‘The Nutcracker’ opens in December.

~ play, run
The show has been playing to packed houses. The show ran for years on Broadway.

~ close
The musical closes this week after a record number of performances.

a play/show

The play folded after poor reviews.

the ballet/opera/theatreWe met at the opera.

in a/the ~
the characters in the play

~ by
a comedy by Moli

Concise English dictionary

performancespər'fɔrməns /pə'fɔː-
+a dramatic or musical entertainment
+the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
+the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
+process or manner of functioning or operating
+any recognized accomplishment