Definition of perceive
perceivableplay \pər-ˈsē-və-bəl\ adjective
perceivablyplay \pər-ˈsē-və-blē\ adverb
Examples of perceive in a Sentence
We perceive by means of the kaleidoscopic mirror of this life. This means that our ability to perceive is at once tyrannized by our expectations, and at war with them. —James Baldwin, The Evidence of Things Not Seen, 1985
Standing in the hallway just out of sight during this interview was Sarah. She held her baby on her hip and she listened. She perceived as no one in the family could the enormity of the misfortune. —E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime, 1974
… and when they perceived her to be little struck with the duet they were so good as to play, they could do no more than make her a generous present of some of their least valued toys, and leave her to herself, while they adjourned to whatever might be the favourite holiday sport of the moment, making artificial flowers or wasting gold paper. —Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814
I thought I perceived a problem, but I wasn't sure.
perceived that it was going to be a nice day
Recent Examples of perceive from the Web
Any perceived move away from the status quo in the talks could spark a spike in volatility.
Preckwinkle said Sharon Brannigan's comments, which have been perceived as anti-Arab and anti-Muslim, run contrary to the views of the commission, which exists to advance the status of women and girls in Cook County.
The problem is, according to Shane, that RGB doesn't do a good job representing color the way human eyes perceive it.
Trump’s not wrong to perceive a threat to the Euro-Atlantic from the south and east.
In late June, Trump angered some golf fans when video showed him driving a golf cart on a green at the Bedminster course — a widely perceived no-no in the game.
Pretty people are perceived as smarter, healthier and more competent, and people treat pretty people better.
Her interview with Vladimir Putin was perceived by some as defanged and occasionally boring.
Without it, and especially if politicians perceive federal interference as unpopular, resistance to police reform can be expected.
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PERCEIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perceive for English Language Learners
: to notice or become aware of (something)
: to think of (someone or something) as being something stated
PERCEIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of perceive for Students
1 : to become aware of through the senses and especially through sight Perceiving the intruders in their nest the birds flew down upon them … — L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz
2 : to recognize or realize I perceived a change in her attitude.
3 : to think of as The message was perceived as a threat.
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