perform

perform
\ \ [14] If the word perform had carried on as it started out, it would now be perfurnish (as indeed it was in northern and Scottish English from the 14th to the 16th centuries). For it comes ultimately from Old French parfournir, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix par- and fourniraccomplish’ (source of English furnish). By association with formeform’, this was altered in Anglo-Norman to parformer – whence English perform.
\ \ Cf.FURNISH

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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