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Definition of perception noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal or technology) the way you notice things, especially with the senses our perception of reality visual perception see also extrasensory perception
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the ability to understand the true nature of something synonym insight She showed great perception in her assessment of the family situation.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (formal) an idea, a belief, or an image you have as a result of how you see or understand something a campaign to change public perception of the police perception that… There is a general perception that standards in schools are falling.
  4. Word Familyperceive verbperception nounperceptive adjectiveperceptible adjective (imperceptible)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: perception