Definition of perceive verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    perceive

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//pərˈsiv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perceive
     
    he / she / it perceives
     
    past simple perceived
     
    -ing form perceiving
     
     
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  1. 1to notice or become aware of something perceive something I perceived a change in his behavior. 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 someone or 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)
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