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[ US /pɝˈfɔɹməns/ ]
[ UK /pəfˈɔːməns/ ]
  1. any recognized accomplishment
    when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe
    they admired his performance under stress
  2. process or manner of functioning or operating
    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
  3. the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
    we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal
    an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto
  4. a dramatic or musical entertainment
    the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity
    the play ran for 100 performances
    they listened to ten different performances
  5. the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
    they criticised his performance as mayor
    experience generally improves performance
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How To Use performance In A Sentence

  • The performance had the legislature, including the subjects of the barbs, rocking with laughter.
  • There are, true, a few tonal changes: the jokes are jokier, the touches of malice heavier, and she revels more obviously than before in the playfulness she brings to her performances. What Sarah Palin Doesn't Know
  • With no personal stake in the performance scene, Priyambada continues to be one of the most objective observers and commentators of the Odissi scene.
  • The bad weather severely handicapped their performance in the race.
  • Added to that, his company is passionate about the relationship between live music and dance in performance.
  • His rapid rise through the ranks after an eye-catching performance in the April trials was a rare highlight in a troubled season.
  • Apparently, the discovery that Landis is 10,000 years old further proves the fact that he is using performance enhancing steroids. creeky belly Doping ID - The Panda's Thumb
  • During the workshop, they each practised their part in the performance.
  • He did not want a repeat performance of the humiliating defeat he had suffered.
  • To explicate this relation, Searle and Vanderveken define weak illocutionary commitment: S1 weakly illocutionarily implies S2 iff every performance of S1 commits an agent to meeting the conditions laid down in the septuple identical to S2 (1985, p. 24). Saving Prostitutes in Sevilla
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