Definitions for perceivepərˈsiv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•ceive*pərˈsiv(v.t.)-ceived, -ceiv•ing.

  1. to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses.

  2. to recognize, discern, or understand:

    to perceive difficulties.

* Syn: See notice.

Origin of perceive:

1250–1300; ME < AF *perceivre, for OF perçoivre < L percipere to lay hold of, grasp =per-per - +-cipere, comb. form of capere to take


Princeton's WordNet

  1. perceive, comprehend(verb)

    to become aware of through the senses

    "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

  2. perceive(verb)

    become conscious of

    "She finally perceived the futility of her protest"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. perceive(verb)ərˈsiv

    to understand or view in a particular way

    I think people perceive him as being confident.; Private schools are often perceived to be better than public schools.

  2. perceiveərˈsiv

    to notice

    He perceived a slight nervousness in her voice.


  1. perceive(Verb)

    To see, to be aware of, to understand.

  2. Origin: From perceiven, from percevoir, perceveir, from percipere, past participle perceptus, from per + capere; see capable. Compare conceive, deceive, receive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perceive(verb)

    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

  2. Perceive(verb)

    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

  3. Perceive(verb)

    to be affected of influented by

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perceive' in Verbs Frequency: #573

Translations for perceive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to be or become aware of (something); to understand; to realize

She perceived that he was tired.

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