An example of perceive is what a woman might think about giving birth after hearing other women's birth stories.
- to grasp mentally; take note (of); observe
- to become aware (of) through one of the senses, esp. through sight
Origin of perceiveMiddle English perceyven ; from Old French perceivre ; from Classical Latin percipere, to take hold of, feel, comprehend ; from per, through + capere, to take: see have
transitive verbper·ceived, per·ceiv·ing, per·ceives
- a. To become aware of (something) directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing: We could perceive three figures in the fog.b. To cause or allow the mind to become aware of (a stimulus): The ear perceives sounds.
- To achieve understanding of; apprehend: Einstein perceived that energy and matter are equivalent. See Synonyms at see1.
- To regard or consider; deem: an old technology that is still perceived as useful; a politician who is perceived to be a dissembler.
Origin of perceiveMiddle English perceiven, from Old French perceivre, from Latin percipere : per-, per- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present perceives, present participle perceiving, simple past and past participle perceived)