perceive

verb
per·ceive | \pər-ˈsēv \
perceived; perceiving

Definition of perceive 

transitive verb

1a : to attain awareness or understanding of

b : to regard as being such perceived threats was perceived as a loser

2 : to become aware of through the senses especially : see, observe

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Other Words from perceive

perceivable \pər-ˈsē-və-bəl \ adjective
perceivably \pər-ˈsē-və-blē \ adverb
perceiver noun

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
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Before his sentencing, Saucier and his attorney made a similar argument that was eventually disregarded by a judge who sentenced him for what was perceived as a lack of judgment rather than an attempt to thwart national security. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "In Lawsuit Citing Clinton Email Probe, Groton Sailor Pardoned By Trump Seeks $20M In Damages," 13 July 2018 Middles, by contrast, are characterized primarily as envious and are perceived as especially deficient in attributes related to confidence. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 And on the other side, the Trump administration will have to give China something, so that China will not be perceived as caving to US bullying. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Can the US-China trade war be stopped? 11 experts weigh in.," 8 July 2018 Social media is bringing attention to various overtly racist instances when existing in white spaces is perceived to be a threat. Felice León, The Root, "Can We Live While Black?," 27 June 2018 For this reason, humans aren’t particularly aware of the richness of information that can be transmitted through the air, and can be perceived by a highly sensitive olfactory system. Andrea Soltoggio, Smithsonian, "Artificial Intelligence May Be Able To Smell Illnesses in Human Breath," 12 June 2018 Alec Lane, Montecito’s senior class representative, said what is perceived as a school for thugs and hooligans really turned out not to be so scary. Julie Gallant, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Montecito graduates look ahead to new options," 12 June 2018 This puts India in a considerably difficult position, since Moscow remains New Delhi’s most important defense partner, and is perceived as India’s all-weather friend. Vinay Kaura, Time, "Strategic Ties Between India and the U.S. Are Growing. But Russia Is a Stumbling Block," 11 June 2018 Moving the embassy marks an indelible change in US posture and the way the US is perceived in the Middle East and by European partners. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "Trump's new world order," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of perceive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for perceive

Middle English, from Anglo-French perceivre, from Latin percipere, from per- thoroughly + capere to take — more at heave

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More Definitions for perceive

perceive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of perceive

: to notice or become aware of (something)

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

perceive

verb
per·ceive | \pər-ˈsēv \
perceived; perceiving

Kids Definition of perceive

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.

perceive

transitive verb
per·ceive | \pər-ˈsēv \
perceived; perceiving

Medical Definition of perceive 

: to become aware of through the senses

Other Words from perceive

perceivable \-ˈsē-və-bəl \ adjective
perceivably \-blē \ adverb
perceiver noun

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