to become aware of through the senses
"I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
become conscious of
"She finally perceived the futility of her protest"
To see, to be aware of, to understand.
Origin: From perceiven, from percevoir, perceveir, from percipere, past participle perceptus, from per + capere; see capable. Compare conceive, deceive, receive.
to obtain knowledge of through the senses; to receive impressions from by means of the bodily organs; to take cognizance of the existence, character, or identity of, by means of the senses; to see, hear, or feel; as, to perceive a distant ship; to perceive a discord
to take intellectual cognizance of; to apprehend by the mind; to be convinced of by direct intuition; to note; to remark; to discern; to see; to understand
to be affected of influented by
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
per-sēv′, v.t. to become aware of through the senses: to get knowledge of by the mind: to see: to understand: to discern.—adj. Perceiv′able (same as Perceptible).—adv. Perceiv′ably (same as Perceptibly).—ns. Perceiv′er; Perceiv′ing (Bacon), perception. [O. Fr. percever—L. percipĕre, perceptum—per, perfectly, capĕre, to take.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'perceive' in Verbs Frequency: #573
The numerical value of perceive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of perceive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- percebreCatalan, Valencian
- entender, percibirSpanish
- درک کردنPersian
- havaita, huomata, hahmottaa, oivaltaa, tajutaFinnish
- 認める, 知覚, 気付くJapanese
- realiza, pricepe, înțelegeRomanian
- воспринять, воспринима́тьRussian
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