Perceive definition

pər-sēv
To become aware (of) through one of the senses, esp. through sight.
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To grasp mentally; take note (of); observe.
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To see, to be aware of, to understand.
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To achieve understanding of; apprehend.

Einstein perceived that energy and matter are equivalent.

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To become aware of (something) directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing.

We could perceive three figures in the fog.

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To cause or allow the mind to become aware of (a stimulus).

The ear perceives sounds.

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To regard or consider; deem.

An old technology that is still perceived as useful; a politician who is perceived to be a dissembler.

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Perceive is defined as to see, hear or feel something or to have an understanding of something.

An example of perceive is what a woman might think about giving birth after hearing other women's birth stories.

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Origin of perceive

  • Middle English perceiven from Old French perceivre from Latin percipere per- per- capere to seize kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English perceiven, from Old French percevoir, perceveir, from Latin percipere, past participle perceptus (“take hold of, obtain, receive, observe"), from per (“by, through") + capere (“to take"); see capable. Compare conceive, deceive, receive.

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