performance ( performances plural )
1 n-count A performance involves entertaining an audience by doing something such as singing, dancing, or acting.
Inside the theatre, they were giving a performance of Bizet's Carmen., ...her performance as the betrayed Medea...
2 n-var Someone's or something's performance is how successful they are or how well they do something.
oft with poss
That study looked at the performance of 18 surgeons..., The job of the new director-general was to ensure that performance targets were met.
3 n-uncount A car's performance is its ability to go fast and to increase its speed quickly.
4 adj A performance car is one that can go very fast and can increase its speed very quickly.
5 n-sing Theperformanceof a task is the fact or action of doing it.
usu the N of n
He devoted in excess of seventy hours a week to the performance of his duties...
6 n-sing You can describe something that is or looks complicated or difficult to do as a performance.
INFORMAL usu a N
The whole process is quite a performance...
a repeat performance →
command performance ( command performances plural ) A command performance is a special performance of a play or show which is given for a head of state. n-count
A high-performance car or other product goes very fast or does a lot. adj ADJ n
...the thrill of taking an expensive high-performance car to its limits.
Performance art is a theatrical presentation that includes various art forms such as dance, music, painting, and sculpture. n-uncount
Performance-related pay is a rate of pay which is based on how well someone does their job. (BUSINESS) n-uncount