- Psychol. to assimilate and interpret (new ideas, impressions, etc.) by the help of past experience
- Obs. to perceive
Origin of apperceiveMiddle English aperceiven ; from Old French aperceivre ; from Classical Latin ad-, to + percipere, perceive
transitive verbap·per·ceived, ap·per·ceiv·ing, ap·per·ceives
- To perceive (something) while being conscious of perceiving.
- To perceive (something) in terms of past experience.
Origin of apperceiveBack-formation from apperception.
(third-person singular simple present apperceives, present participle apperceiving, simple past and past participle apperceived)
- (psychology) To be aware of perceiving; to understand a perception by linking it mentally with a mass of existing ideas of the same object.
From Old French aperceveir, apercevoir, from Late Latin *appercipēre, from ad- + percipere.