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.
Etymology: 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.]
To be aware of through the senses.
He did perceive her intention accurately as they were so loving towards each other.Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020
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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
Examples of perceive in a Sentence
While most doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend that women do not douche, many women continue to douche because they falsely perceive douching to have positive health benefits, such as increased cleanliness.
I think everyone interprets by themselves, by however way they perceive it through their own experience. That's up to the viewer, it depends on who looks at the pictures. ... Everyone will see something different.
Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant.
Extremists mistrust law enforcement, and law enforcement has Islamophobic fears. Both sides need to realize the enemy is not as black-and-white as they perceive.
The faults of others are easily perceived, but those of oneself are difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbour?s faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides as a cheat hides the false dice from the gamester.
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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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