He well perceived that it was vain to hope for another parliament so constituted as those under the Tudors.
She who knew him well perceived that it would be vain to talk to him further.
In more simple instances the causes of such limitations to growth can be well perceived.
Saying so, she looked into his eyes so seriously and so candidly that Ulenspiegel well perceived that she spoke the truth.
When that they well perceived / how she would not depart, Wept all the men of Siegmund / and sad they were at heart.
The fact is that, as Furness well perceived from the first, the two elements should no more be separated than soul from body.
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.
perceive per·ceive (pər-sēv')
v. per·ceived, per·ceiv·ing, per·ceives
To become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing.
To achieve understanding of; apprehend.