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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•cep•tionpərˈsɛp ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or the mind; cognition; awareness.

  2. a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.

    Category: Psychology, Cognition

  3. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; discernment.

  4. the result or product of perceiving; percept.

Origin of perception:

1350–1400; ME (< OF) < L perceptiō gathering in , perception. See perceive , -tion


Princeton's WordNet

  1. percept, perception, perceptual experience(noun)

    the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

  2. perception(noun)

    a way of conceiving something

    "Luther had a new perception of the Bible"

  3. perception(noun)

    the process of perceiving

  4. perception(noun)

    knowledge gained by perceiving

    "a man admired for the depth of his perception"

  5. sensing, perception(noun)

    becoming aware of something via the senses

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. perception(noun)ərˈsɛp ʃən

    the way sb understands or views sth or sb

    attempts to improve the public perception of the armed forces

  2. perceptionərˈsɛp ʃən

    the ability to notice

    a lack of perception


  1. perception(Noun)

    Conscious understanding of something.

  2. perception(Noun)

    Vision (ability)

  3. perception(Noun)


  4. perception(Noun)

    (cognition) That which is detected by the five senses; not necessarily understood (imagine looking through fog, trying to understand if you see a small dog or a cat); also that which is detected within consciousness as a thought, intuition, deduction, etc.

  5. Origin: From perception, from perceptio, from percipere, past participle perceptus; see perceive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perception(noun)

    the act of perceiving; cognizance by the senses or intellect; apperhension by the bodily organs, or by the mind, of what is presented to them; discernment; apperhension; cognition

  2. Perception(noun)

    the faculty of perceiving; the faculty, or peculiar part, of man's constitution by which he has knowledge through the medium or instrumentality of the bodily organs; the act of apperhending material objects or qualities through the senses; -- distinguished from conception

  3. Perception(noun)

    the quality, state, or capability, of being affected by something external; sensation; sensibility

  4. Perception(noun)

    an idea; a notion


  1. Perception

    Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment. All perception involves signals in the nervous system, which in turn result from physical stimulation of the sense organs. For example, vision involves light striking the retinas of the eyes, smell is mediated by odor molecules and hearing involves pressure waves. Perception is not the passive receipt of these signals, but can be shaped by learning, memory, and expectation. Perception involves these "top-down" effects as well as the "bottom-up" process of processing sensory input. The "bottom-up" processing is basically low-level information that's used to build up higher-level information. The "top-down" processing refers to a person's concept and expectations that influence perception. Perception depends on complex functions of the nervous system, but subjectively seems mostly effortless because this processing happens outside conscious awareness. Since the rise of experimental psychology in the late 19th Century, psychology's understanding of perception has progressed by combining a variety of techniques. Psychophysics measures the effect on perception of varying the physical qualities of the input. Sensory neuroscience studies the brain mechanisms underlying perception. Perceptual systems can also be studied computationally, in terms of the information they process. Perceptual issues in philosophy include the extent to which sensory qualities such as sounds, smells or colors exist in objective reality rather than the mind of the perceiver.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Perception

    The process by which the nature and meaning of sensory stimuli are recognized and interpreted.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perception' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4237

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perception' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4370

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perception' in Nouns Frequency: #1302

Translations for perception

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the ability to see, understand etc clearly

a man of great perception.

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