perforce, adv. necessarily, of necessity, by necessity, by force of circumstances; needfully, requisitely, needs must; as a matter of course, without choice, compulsively, compellingly.
perform, v. 1. carry out, execute, do, discharge, meet; transact, conduct, carry on; succeed in, manage, bring off, SI. pull off, Inf. put over, U.S. SI. swing, U.S. SI. cut; complete, conclude, finish, carry through; dispose of, SI. knock off, SI. polish off, expedite, dispatch.
2. fulfill, make good, redeem; realize, carry into effect, carry out, go through, follow through; observe, keep, celebrate, commemorate; ceremonialize, solemnize, ritualize; be faithful to, obey, comply with, adhere to, stick by or to.
3. act, portray, play, personate; sing, dance, mimic, imitate, reproduce; represent, enact, act out, put on, produce, stage, give a show; overact, Theat. SI. ham, strut one's stuff, show off.
performance, n. 1. entertainment, show, production, presentation; premiere, matinee; engagement, appearance, stand, Music, gig; exhibition, exhibit, showing, public display, audition, tryout; representation, act, staging, putting on, acting out.
2. composition, piece, play, drama; spectacle, happening, pageant, extravaganza, variety show, vaudeville; comedy, tragedy, curtain raiser, entr'acte; musicale, opera, operetta, concert, recital, ballet.
3. execution, doing; accomplishment, attainment, consummation, completion, conclusion, finishing; fulfillment, realization, making good, discharge, redemption.
4. achievement, accomplishment, work; deed, feat, act, exploit, Archaic, gest; enterprise, endeavor, undertaking, task; procedure, production, operation, transaction, Inf. deal; proceeding, affair, function; action, maneuver, move, stroke, blow, coup; stroke of genius, tour de force.
performer, n. 1. entertainer, actor, actress, player, stage player, stage performer, playactor, role player; trouper, SI. ham, theatrician, thespian, Roscian, histrio, histrion, Archaic, histrionic; personator, impersonator, mime, pantomimist, mimist, mummer; satirist, Fr. farceur; comedian, comedienne, comic, stand-up comic; jester, fool, clown, Circus SI. kinker, merry-andrew, zany, harlequin, buffoon; pantaloon, straight man, foil, U.S. SI. fall guy.
2. doer, executor, executant, executrix; worker, operator, operative, operant; architect, author, maker, creator, fabricator; agent, medium; promoter, mover, prime mover; participant, participator; practitioner.
perfume, n. 1. cologne, eau de Cologne, toilet water, Ger. K'dlnisch Wasser, Fr. parfum; fragrance, scent, essence, extract; attar, scented oil.
2. scent, aroma, fragrance, fragrancy, incense, redolence, redolency, balm, balminess, bouquet; odor, smell. -v. 3. aromatize, make fragrant, scent, incense, cense.
perfunctory, adj. 1. cursory, superficial, shallow, unthorough, incomplete, sketchy, scanty, skimming, scanning; hasty, hurried, brief, fleeting, rapid, quick, fast, rush-through; mechanical, simply going through the motions or steps, inattentive, with one's mind on something else, desultory, immethodical, haphazard, slapdash, slipshod, slovenly, loose; routine, usual, just enough to get through or by, only as required or necessary, no more than required or necessary, barely sufficient, barely adequate, barely acceptable, passable; middling, mediocre, fair, average, so-so, Inf. O.K., Sl. half-assed; poor, inferior, lame, inadequate, insufficient, unacceptable, Inf. not so hot.