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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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Examples for perceives
  • It's not until it perceives a threat that this flashy amphibian reveals its true colors.
  • But how the mind perceives time is another question, one that scientists around the world are debating.
  • When he perceives something-anything-he experiences an irresistible joy in explaining it to whoever will listen.
  • There's what the media perceives the atmosphere to be inside that locker room.
  • He is certainly aware of his surroundings when he perceives anything.
  • However, he does not have prescriptions to offer for fixing the things he perceives as wrong in medical education.
  • Their story depicts an unfair society offering less opportunity than the majority perceives.
  • Gravity plays a considerable part in the mechanism by which the individual perceives his body's position in space.
  • The author has something to say which he perceives to be true and useful, or helpfully beautiful.
  • One who can read expression, perceives at a glance the difference between friendliness and polite aloofness.
British Dictionary definitions for perceives

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 perceives
perceive
c.1300, via Anglo-Fr. parceif, O.N.Fr. *perceivre, O.Fr. perçoivre, from L. percipere "obtain, gather," also, metaphorically, "to grasp with the mind," lit. "to take entirely," from per "thoroughly" + capere "to grasp, take" (see capable). Replaced O.E. ongietan. Both the L. senses were in O.Fr., though the primary sense of Mod.Fr. percevoir is literal, "to receive, collect" (rents, taxes, etc.), while Eng. uses the word almost always in the metaphorical sense.
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perceives 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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