Definition of perception noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈsepʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsepʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (specialist or formal) 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 public perception that standards in schools are falling.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin perceptio(n-), from the verb percipere ‘seize, understand’, from per- ‘entirely’ + capere ‘take’.Word Familyperceive verbperception nounperceptive adjectiveperceptible adjective (imperceptible)Extra examples If we improve drivers’ hazard perception, road deaths will fall. Movies have shaped our perception of many historical events. The book explores the changing perceptions about gender. The company wanted to boost the overall perception of the brand. The computer changes our perceptions of place and time. The survey reflects the perceptions of business people around the world. These developments hardly affected the public perception of the crisis. This film challenges traditional perceptions of older people. This study dispels the perception that men are better drivers. We need to gain a clearer perception of how young people feel about the problem. Your brand name should create a distinctive perception in the customer’s mind. a marketing strategy to overcome negative public perception of the company cultural differences in risk perception between European students and their American counterparts heightened perception caused by drugs Everyone’s perception of reality is slightly different. Further research should lead to an enhanced perception of the issues facing developing nations. The growing perception that their needs were being ignored spurred the group to further action. There’s a general perception that standards of health care are falling. They have little perception of how ordinary people live their lives.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perception