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perceive

[per-seev] /pərˈsiv/
verb (used with object), perceived, perceiving.
1.
to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses:
I perceived an object looming through the mist.
2.
to recognize, discern, envision, or understand:
I perceive a note of sarcasm in your voice. This is a nice idea but I perceive difficulties in putting it into practice.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English perceiven < Anglo-French *perceivre, for perçoivre < Latin percipere to lay hold of, grasp, equivalent to per- per- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take
Related forms
perceivedly
[per-see-vid-lee, -seevd-] /pərˈsi vɪd li, -ˈsivd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
perceivedness, noun
perceiver, noun
perceivingness, noun
nonperceiving, adjective
reperceive, verb (used with object), reperceived, reperceiving.
self-perceiving, adjective
unperceived, adjective
unperceiving, adjective
well-perceived, adjective
Synonyms
1. note, discover, observe, descry, distinguish. See notice.
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  • We must also look in the mirror and try to understand how our partners perceive us.
  • Understand how they perceive you.
  • Britain has tended to perceive it as a problem.
  • Victor is free to perceive it in anyway he wishes.
  • Yet the mind perceives time as an irreversible stream, moving from past to future, experienced in the present.
  • Helen could only perceive so long as Anne was her companion.
  • You see the good as normal and perceive the bad as a minor aberration.
  • They create a structure too vast for any individual worker to perceive, and yet the whole thing fits together.
  • They believe they can account not only for the source of smiles, but how people perceive them.
  • We perceive what we are looking for.
British Dictionary definitions for perceive

perceive

/pəˈsiːv/
verb
1.
to become aware of (something) through the senses, esp the sight; recognize or observe
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to come to comprehend; grasp
Derived Forms
perceivable, adjective
perceivability, noun
perceivably, adverb
perceiver, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French perçoivre, from Latin percipere seize entirely, from per- (thoroughly) + capere to grasp
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Word Origin and History for perceive
v.

c.1300, via Anglo-French parceif, Old North French *perceivre (Old French perçoivre) "perceive, notice, see; recognize, understand," from Latin percipere "obtain, gather, seize entirely, take possession of," also, figuratively, "to grasp with the mind, learn, comprehend," literally "to take entirely," from per "thoroughly" (see per) + capere "to grasp, take" (see capable).

Replaced Old English ongietan. Both the Latin senses were in Old French, though the primary sense of Modern French percevoir is literal, "to receive, collect" (rents, taxes, etc.), while English uses the word almost always in the metaphorical sense. Related: Perceived; perceiving.

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perceive in Medicine

perceive per·ceive (pər-sēv')
v. per·ceived, per·ceiv·ing, per·ceives

  1. To become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing.

  2. To achieve understanding of; apprehend.


per·ceiv'a·ble adj.
per·ceiv'a·bly adv.
per·ceiv'er n.
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