verb per·ceive \pər-ˈsēv\

: to notice or become aware of (something)

: to think of (someone or something) as being something stated


Full Definition of PERCEIVE

transitive verb
a :  to attain awareness or understanding of
b :  to regard as being such <perceived threats> <was perceived as a loser>
:  to become aware of through the senses; especially :  see, observe
per·ceiv·able \-ˈsē-və-bəl\ adjective
per·ceiv·ably \-blē\ adverb
per·ceiv·er noun

Examples of PERCEIVE

  1. <I thought I perceived a problem, but I wasn't sure.>
  2. <perceived that it was going to be a nice day>
  3. We perceive by means of the kaleidoscopic mirror of this life. This means that our ability to perceive is at one tyrannized by our expectations, and at war with them. —James Baldwin, The Evidence of Things Not Seen, 1985

Origin of PERCEIVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French perceivre, from Latin percipere, from per- thoroughly + capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Psychology Terms

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transitive verb per·ceive \pər-ˈsēv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PERCEIVE

:  to become aware of through the senses
per·ceiv·able \-ˈsē-və-bəl\ adjective
per·ceiv·ably \-blē\ adverb
per·ceiv·er noun


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