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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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  • Self-identity is one thing and then a perceived identity is another.
  • Minor defeats on that map are actually perceived as minor victories.
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  • There was a perceived “difference” from one side of town to another, amazingly so.
  • It's easy to vilify people who are perceived as being different.
  • Deindustrialisation is often perceived as evidence of economic decline.
  • What we see and what is perceived can differ.
  • The fossils are modest -- just three teeth -- but they have the potential to change perceived wisdom about human evolution.
  • Reality: Even if unintended by the sender, certain comments or idle remarks can be perceived as threats or harassment.
  • Now he is increasingly perceived as a liability.
British Dictionary definitions for perceived

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 perceived

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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perceived 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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