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
Pretty people are perceived as smarter, healthier and more competent, and people treat pretty people better.
His whole life was a painful [back and forth] between the light, to which the composer so strived, and the call of carnal passions, perceived by him as diabolical temptation.
BNSF was seeking to prevent plaintiffs from filing suit in courts perceived to be more friendly to their claims.
From that moment on, Amanda charged straight into life without fear of being perceived as different.
The singer’s response to this unprecedented honor—his delay in acknowledging his win, his refusal to attend the main ceremony, his waiting until nearly the final deadline to deliver his lecture—has been perceived as less than reverent.
Londoners have since held demonstrations against Trump and what many perceived as a slight against Khan’s Muslim faith.
Barnett also countered the defense's argument that Shoulders perceived Patton as a threat because of a history of violence behavior.
The task force formed in 2013 to study and combat what state lawmakers already perceived as a rising maternal mortality rate.
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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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