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perceive

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of perceive

  1. 1 to have a vague awareness of <I thought I perceived a problem, but I wasn't sure> Synonyms feel, scent, see, sense, smell, tasteRelated Words behold, descry, discern, distinguish, espy, eye, look (at), note, notice, observe, feel, regard, remark, sight, spy, view, witness; ascertain, catch on (to), discover, find out, hear, learn, realize; anticipate, divine, expect, foreknow, foresee; assume, conjecture, guess, presume, speculate, suppose, surmise, suspect

  2. 2 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes <perceived that it was going to be a nice day> Synonyms behold, catch, descry, discern, distinguish, espy, eye, look (at), note, notice, observe, see, regard, remark, sight, spot, spy, view, witnessRelated Words identify, make out, pick out, pick up; attend (to), consider, heed, mark, mind; study, watch; examine, inspect, scan, scrutinize, survey; glance (at), glimpse, peer (at)Near Antonyms disregard, ignore, neglect, overpass, pass over; miss, overlook

  3. 3 to have a clear idea of <I perceive your point, but I still disagree> Synonyms appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, comprehend, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, understandRelated Words absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierceNear Antonyms misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstandAntonyms miss




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