An example of perceive is what a woman might think about giving birth after hearing other women's birth stories.
intransitive verb-·ceived′, -·ceiv′ing
- 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)