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Definition of perspective noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a particular attitude toward something; a way of thinking about something synonym viewpoint a global perspective Recent events seem less serious when put into an international perspective. Try to see the issue from a different perspective. a report that looks at the education system from the perspective of deaf people perspective on something His experience abroad provides a wider perspective on the problem.
  2. 2[uncountable] the ability to think about problems and decisions in a reasonable way without exaggerating their importance She was aware that she was losing all sense of perspective. Try to keep these issues in perspective. Talking to others can often help to put your own problems into perspective. It is important not to let things get out of perspective.
  3. 3[uncountable] the art of creating an effect of depth and distance in a picture by representing people and things that are far away as being smaller than those that are nearer the front The artist plays with perspective to confuse the eye. We learned how to draw buildings in perspective. The tree on the left is out of perspective.
  4. 4[countable] a view, especially one in which you can see far into the distance a perspective of the whole valley
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: perspective