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



    BrE BrE//pəˈspektɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈspektɪv//
    Describing art
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  1. 1[countable] a particular attitude towards 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 learnt how to draw buildings in perspective. The tree on the left is out of perspective. See related entries: Describing art
  4. 4[countable] (formal) a view, especially one in which you can see far into the distance a perspective of the whole valley
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘optics’): from medieval Latin perspectiva (ars) ‘(science of) optics’, from perspect- ‘looked at closely’, from the verb perspicere, from per- ‘through’ + specere ‘to look’.Extra examples Her death put everything else into perspective. I just need to keep things in perspective. It’s easy to lose perspective on things when you are under stress. Let’s get this into perspective. That tree is out of perspective. The author brings a balanced perspective to these complex issues. The book adopts a historical perspective. This latest study explores stress from a unique perspective. This lively book presents a refreshing new perspective on a crucial period in our history. This website puts a completely different perspective on world news. This will require a shift in perspective. We can now see things in their true perspective. We should view this from the perspective of the people involved. We’ll be looking at fatherhood issues from a personal perspective. When you reach middle age you get a different perspective on life. a feminist perspective in philosophy his desire to broaden his narrow perspective multicultural education based on a global perspective stories told from multiple perspectives women who bring a feminist perspective to their works His experience of working in Asia provides a wider perspective on the issue. The perspective of wheelchair users must be taken into account when designing public buildings. Try to approach the problem from a different perspective. We need to take a global perspective on the environment.
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