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Definition of perceive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    perceive

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pəˈsiːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsiːv//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perceive
    BrE BrE//pəˈsiːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsiːv//
     
    he / she / it perceives
    BrE BrE//pəˈsiːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsːvz//
     
    past simple perceived
    BrE BrE//pəˈsiːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsːvd//
     
    past participle perceived
    BrE BrE//pəˈsiːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsːvd//
     
    -ing form perceiving
    BrE BrE//pəˈsiːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsːvɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to notice or become aware of something perceive something I perceived a change in his behaviour. perceive that… She perceived that all was not well. perceive somebody/something to be/have something The patient was perceived to have difficulty in breathing. This pattern is usually used in the passive.
  2. 2to understand or think of somebody/something in a particular way synonym see perceive somebody/something/yourself (as something) This discovery was perceived as a major breakthrough. She did not perceive herself as disabled. A science degree and artistic interests are often perceived as incompatible. perceive somebody/something to be/have something They were widely perceived to have been unlucky. This pattern is usually used in the passive.
  3. Word Familyperceive verbperception nounperceptive adjectiveperceptible adjective (imperceptible) Word Origin Middle English: from a variant of Old French perçoivre, from Latin percipere ‘seize, understand’, from per- ‘entirely’ + capere ‘take’.Extra examples It is widely perceived as a women’s health problem, but it does also affect men. Risks are perceived differently by different people. The General’s words were perceived as a threat by countries in the region. The industrial bias of canal building can be readily perceived by looking at Figure 7.3. The remedy for the problem was only dimly perceived by scientists until recently. the world of directly perceived objects I perceived a change in his behaviour over those months. She perceived that all was not well within the organization.
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