c.1300, via Anglo-Fr. parceif,
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.