Definition of performance in US English:

performance

noun

  • 1An act of staging or presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment.

    ‘Don Giovanni had its first performance in 1787’
    • ‘All these elements work to infuse a strong sense of being present at the performance for the film spectator.’
    • ‘Its popularity in 1948 with both schoolchildren and adults saw the Blossom Street picture house bursting at the seams during matinees and evening performances for weeks on end.’
    • ‘Schools would have to apply for entertainment licences if any performances were attended by members of the public not directly associated with the school or its pupils.’
    • ‘There, pageants and performances could be presented against the authentic background of Clifford's Tower and the Castle Museum buildings.’
    • ‘A few tickets remain for the matinee performance at 1.30 pm Saturday but the evening performance is sold out.’
    • ‘The show follows the traditional plot of the fairytale story but with plenty of comedy and slapstick to keep the crowds entertained for both evening and matinee performances.’
    • ‘The concert was the fourth in a series of evening performances organised by the Trustees during 2003.’
    • ‘The performances - matinees and evenings most days - will take place within the Tower's courtyards and its gardens near the main house.’
    • ‘It is dedicated to presenting concerts and performances with a meaning.’
    • ‘The dancers present two performances a day - one at around noon and the other at around 8: 00 pm.’
    show, production, showing, presentation, entertainment, staging, act
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    1. 1.1 A person's rendering of a dramatic role, song, or piece of music.
      ‘Bailey gives a sound performance as the doctor’
      • ‘Back in the 17th and 18th centuries the only performances heard in complete silence were performances of sacred music.’
      • ‘Highly stylized dramatic performances were accompanied by music.’
      • ‘He has appeared as a chamber musician with many singers and instrumentalists and has taken part in first performances of many contemporary music pieces.’
      • ‘His radical idea was that whatever sounds listeners heard during the performance constituted the music.’
      • ‘When was the last time you sat down in your own home to listen to a full performance of a piece of music, with no other distractions?’
      • ‘It also includes songs and live music performances, although the core of the show is still the Irish folk dance.’
      • ‘Each disc contains three complete music performances, some of which we only see pieces of during the episodes.’
      • ‘Dances and songs often accompanied the performances.’
      • ‘I would like to thank the young people who worked to put on a wonderful performance of Sound of Music at the Wyvern.’
      • ‘As if that was not enough they also had to find a way to impress the judges with a two-minute performance set to a piece of music of their own choice.’
      • ‘Traditional recreation involves storytelling and performances of music, dance, and song.’
      • ‘Another commonality between the two stage divas is an emphasis on theatre standards as dramatic performances, not merely nice old songs.’
      • ‘Although these veteran jazzmen take their music seriously, humor plays a role in their performances.’
      • ‘It features recordings of performances by the junior and chamber choirs and also instrumental music and solo performances by a number of accomplished musicians and singers.’
      • ‘Though it took many years to establish the technique of sound on film, live music accompanied public performances.’
      • ‘Four of these were for performers who gave an original performance of a well-known piece of drama or music.’
      • ‘The production includes a large cast with performances in music, dance, song and comedy.’
      • ‘At the same time it poses the most fundamental questions about what matters in a performance of a piece of music.’
      • ‘Also included in the lineup was a jazz night and on Wednesday night music lovers enjoyed performances which fused classical and trad sounds.’
      • ‘When I visit on the last day of the symposium, the exhibition is accompanied by outdoor performances of songs and poems.’
      rendition, rendering, interpretation, account, playing, acting, representation, staging
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    2. 1.2British informal in singular A display of exaggerated behavior or a process involving a great deal of unnecessary time and effort; a fuss.
      ‘he stopped to tie his shoe and seemed to be making quite a performance of it’
      fuss, fuss and bother, production, palaver, parade, scene, display, exhibition
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  • 2The action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function.

    ‘the continual performance of a single task reduces a man to the level of a machine’
    • ‘It is addressing a different realm of discourse, namely, performance of judicial functions.’
    • ‘They require diversion of considerable assets from performance of principal tasks.’
    • ‘How do you say it impairs their performance of their functions as judges?’
    • ‘Judicial immunity promotes independence by allowing the fearless performance of the judicial function.’
    • ‘Their use in Britain, moreover, was often confined to the performance of a single task.’
    • ‘The leader is a role model to the followers in respect of both task performance and ethical behaviour.’
    carrying out, execution, discharge, conducting, conduct, effecting, accomplishment, achievement, completion, fulfilment, dispatch, implementation
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    1. 2.1 An action, task, or operation, seen in terms of how successfully it was performed.
      ‘pay increases are now being linked more closely to performance’
      ‘a dynamic performance by Davis’
      • ‘And that too maybe a very big contributor to why these kids are so good in terms of their mathematical performance.’
      • ‘Studies have shown that private pension funds provide the worst performance - even in terms of what they deliver on the stock market.’
      • ‘Can the people afford to trust the group with its record of failure in terms of performance and financial management?’
      • ‘A lot of the key building blocks are now in place but have yet to pay off in terms of performance.’
      • ‘Since improving health is the defining goal of the health system, we report performance in terms of that goal.’
      • ‘The report measures the three key performance targets, which many hospitals across England and Wales failed to hit.’
      • ‘In terms of overall retail performance, there was no suggestion that the retail sector was in crisis.’
      • ‘Police could lose money or be asked to resign if they don't meet strict performance targets set by the Greater Manchester force.’
      • ‘As learners, they may perceive a benefit in terms of application to performance in senior years.’
      • ‘They have been shown to enhance clinical performance in terms of drug dosing and preventive care.’
      • ‘The most recent tests proved very positive in both performance and reliability terms.’
      • ‘But local health chiefs were warned some of this extra money depends on them meeting tough performance targets.’
      • ‘I will measure performance in terms of achievement at the top line taking into account how much money we put behind the brands.’
      • ‘The new franchise runs for eight years and nine months, with the final two years dependent on achieving performance targets.’
      • ‘While the market's not racing away, it has been fairly solid in terms of performance.’
      • ‘Students believe that the College is hoping to improve academic performance during Michaelmas term.’
      • ‘Dublin remains a divided city in terms of academic performance.’
      • ‘Policing performance targets set by the Government are stifling officers' ability to do their job, a report claims.’
      • ‘This will protect it against further market gyrations, but will hamper performance long term.’
      • ‘These drills are performed to develop cardio-vascular fitness and muscle power in terms of performance.’
      operation, working, functioning
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    2. 2.2 The capabilities of a machine, vehicle, or product, especially when observed under particular conditions.
      ‘the hardware is put through tests that assess the performance of the processor’
      • ‘The first involves tuning existing structural fiber products to improve performance.’
      • ‘Each organization will have its own tolerance level for speed and performance.’
      • ‘Instead, it will rely on factors other than a faster clock speed to improve the performance of its chips.’
      • ‘The operator can notice changes in machine performance and handling to some degree.’
      • ‘Will a slower speed device affect performance of a faster device if they are on the same channel?’
      • ‘This technology offers improved assay performance as well as speed and automation in one system.’
      • ‘Technological advancements have delivered major gains in lighting performance.’
      • ‘The machines sharing the work usually come to have different performance capabilities.’
      • ‘Second, performance collapses very rapidly once the tipping threshold is exceeded.’
      • ‘These products deliver outstanding performance year after year and represent the ultimate in quality.’
      • ‘Not if you were raised on a steady diet of hot rods, muscle cars and performance vehicles.’
      • ‘By programming all functionality in the kernel, we can make gains in performance.’
      • ‘A small weight penalty is well worth it for the performance and durability solution gained.’
      • ‘Also, sealing was suspect, so performance dropped rapidly after use in the rain.’
      • ‘With this development, significant gains in performance seem to be within reach once again.’
      • ‘Only the latter two speed up performance while simultaneously enhancing data safety.’
      • ‘It puts frequently accessed information into a high performance and a high capacity storage system.’
      • ‘The days of making huge gains in engine performance are behind us now.’
      • ‘We tested to see if the increased performance met the theoretical speed boost.’
      • ‘In this way, administrators can balance not just capacity but performance as well.’
      functioning, working, operation, running, behaviour, capabilities, capability, capacity, power, potential
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    3. 2.3 The extent to which an investment is profitable, especially in relation to other investments.
      ‘unit-trust performance’
      • ‘Returns also vary with the investment performance of the financial experts managing the funds.’
      • ‘Many investors first consider the investment performance of a unit trust before they actually buy units.’
      • ‘Investment performance is dependent on fund managers making good decisions consistently.’
      • ‘If you can, you may choose to keep the endowment going as a separate investment and hope that performance improves but of course there is no guarantee.’
      • ‘Investors have to be careful when examining investment performance.’
    4. 2.4Linguistics An individual's use of a language, i.e. what a speaker actually says, including hesitations, false starts, and errors.
      Often contrasted with competence
      • ‘The notion is intended to replace his dichotomy of competence and performance.’

Pronunciation

performance

/pərˈfôrməns//pərˈfɔrməns/