Definition of perceive in English:

perceive

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Become aware or conscious of (something); come to realize or understand.

    ‘his mouth fell open as he perceived the truth’
    with clause ‘he was quick to perceive that there was little future in such arguments’
    • ‘I was perceiving in terms of the topography and the topographical maps I had seen.’
    • ‘The intuition perceives patterns and rhythms.’
    • ‘The respondents perceived few barriers in relation to themselves.’
    • ‘The patient perceives a distorted reality but is usually unaware that he is ill.’
    • ‘Congress was a long way from conceiving itself to have this power or perceiving a need to exercise it.’
    • ‘Her ability to understand, to perceive the nature of the truth was what was being tested.’
    • ‘I find it funny how people always forget to put into perspective what was perceived at the time.’
    • ‘Furthermore, faculty also perceived a lack of access to equipment and facilities.’
    • ‘People admire that quiet charm, perceiving great depth and understanding behind that gentle manner.’
    • ‘Smokers clearly perceive benefits from smoking, otherwise they would not pay to do it.’
    • ‘Consequently, people within the same community may not perceive risk in the same way as their neighbours.’
    • ‘A person who is conscious selectively perceives sensations, attending to some while filtering out others.’
    • ‘For some, this discovery led them to perceive a lack in Australian society of shared moral values and of encouragement to live well.’
    • ‘You could say that we perceive the world with the eye of the intellect, or the eye of the emotive self, but that's not the eye that perceives divine reality.’
    • ‘There is evidence to suggest that students do perceive benefit from ethics courses.’
    • ‘We actually learn to perceive sounds and words from the continuous stream of speech.’
    • ‘Spatial intelligence, the power to perceive form and give visual shape to ideas, is equally important.’
    • ‘Patients initially perceive a benefit while being treated, but this benefit disappears by one year.’
    • ‘Judging and perceiving characteristics may be the hardest to understand.’
    • ‘Although instructors are trained, variation in assessments between groups are still perceived by students.’
    discern, recognize, become cognizant of, become aware of, become conscious of, come to know, get to know, tell, distinguish, grasp, understand, take in, make out, find, identify, hit on, comprehend, apprehend, figure out, deduce, conclude, see, discover, learn, appreciate, realize, ascertain, sense, divine, intuit
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    1. 1.1 Become aware of (something) by the use of one of the senses, especially that of sight.
      ‘he perceived the faintest of flushes creeping up her neck’
      • ‘English speakers understand that in perceiving tomatoes, grapes, etc one is acquainted with sensuous features.’
      • ‘No two persons can ever, in this sense, perceive the same item: nothing at all is publicly perceptible.’
      • ‘This is described as naturalism - the artist paints with an untrained mind, and portrays things in the way that he understands and perceives them.’
      • ‘Scientists still do not know exactly how we hear and perceive sounds.’
      • ‘The basic idea is that when you perceive the world then you take information in through your senses and of course this is exactly what we believe today.’
      • ‘This means that if we make an effort when we perceive orange, we sense a variety of shades.’
      • ‘It is true that we can perceive things even though we are not conscious of perceiving them.’
      • ‘You're actually perceiving it through your senses and through an exploration of what the idea might be perceived through your senses.’
      • ‘The first appeared for just 15 milliseconds - too quick to be consciously perceived by the viewer.’
      • ‘Temperature, tannins and the effervescence of sparkling wines are perceived through the sense of touch in the mouth.’
      • ‘Emotional experiencing is generally considered to be synonymous with feeling, which can be understood as having or perceiving a physical sensation or a state of mind.’
      • ‘The properties perceived by other senses are also conveyed by contact of some kind.’
      • ‘Sweet and bitter mingled together for there were no senses to perceive them.’
      • ‘We perceive our environment via our senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight.’
      • ‘The robe that Euripides's Medea sends as a gift glues together the flesh and the bones of her rival; but the sense that perceives the progress of this deadly confusion is sight.’
      • ‘Our eyes perceive different wavelengths of light as color, but this sense isn't very refined.’
      • ‘In its broadest sense, aesthetics refers to the ability to perceive through the senses.’
      • ‘As humans, our five senses are basic ways through which we perceive the world.’
      • ‘Thus, there may be benefits to learning to perceive signals against particular backgrounds.’
      see, make out, pick out, discern, detect, catch sight of, spot, observe, glimpse, notice, recognize, identify
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  • 2Interpret or regard (someone or something) in a particular way.

    ‘if Guy does not perceive himself as disabled, nobody else should’
    with object and infinitive ‘some geographers perceive hydrology to be a separate field of scientific enquiry’
    • ‘It would annoy me if that was what people perceived me to be here for.’
    • ‘The silence could have been perceived in two different ways, I think.’
    • ‘I still find myself wondering how people perceive me as I move through this world.’
    • ‘Students generally perceive accounting as boring and dull.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, some school clubs still perceived a need for the condition.’
    • ‘And besides, Smith says she's stopped worrying about how people perceive her.’
    • ‘Some asthmatic patients perceive the severity of their disease rather poorly.’
    • ‘People perceive me as a different character to what I actually am.’
    • ‘However, for us our own branding has been an issue as people perceive us as a data company, so we have to work hard to get out the message about our voice and converged abilities.’
    • ‘No wonder: the genuinely erotic is often perceived as a threat by the status quo, even in France.’
    • ‘To come out to boos is one of the most strident messages you can receive about the way you are perceived as a person.’
    • ‘I believe that the name given to you by your parents can have a great bearing on your life, an influence on the person you become and the way in which people perceive you.’
    • ‘I think people would perceive him a little differently from how they did in the '70s.’
    • ‘In 2002, pop music is widely perceived to be manufactured, bland and glossy.’
    • ‘He said people often perceived vehicles to be going faster than they really were.’
    • ‘The atmosphere of that period had been perceived at the time as posing a threat to their existence.’
    • ‘Additionally, the respondents perceived lack of personal resources and lack of interest among perioperative nurses to be possible barriers.’
    • ‘People often perceive that these illnesses only happen to older people, however this clearly isn't the case.’
    • ‘Also, the survival of this fortified native centre implies they were not perceived as a threat to Rome.’
    • ‘For whatever reason, they seem to have a chip on their shoulders about how they are perceived by outsiders.’
    look on, view, regard, consider, think of, judge, deem, appraise, assess, adjudge, figure, figure out, size up, value, rate, suppose, think, sum up, weigh up
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Origin

Middle English: from a variant of Old French perçoivre, from Latin percipere ‘seize, understand’, from per- ‘entirely’ + capere ‘take’.

Pronunciation

perceive

/pəˈsiːv/