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tr.v. per·ceived, per·ceiv·ing, per·ceives
a. To become aware of (something) directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing: We could perceive three figures in the fog.
b. To cause or allow the mind to become aware of (a stimulus): The ear perceives sounds.
2. To achieve understanding of; apprehend: Einstein perceived that energy and matter are equivalent. See Synonyms at see1.
3. To regard or consider; deem: an old technology that is still perceived as useful; a politician who is perceived to be a dissembler.

[Middle English perceiven, from Old French perceivre, from Latin percipere : per-, per- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

per·ceiv′a·ble adj.
per·ceiv′a·bly adv.
per·ceiv′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perceiver - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the sensesperceiver - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
eyeglass wearer - a person who wears spectacles in order to see better
discoverer, finder, spotter - someone who is the first to observe something
attender, auditor, hearer, listener - someone who listens attentively
audile - one whose mental imagery is auditory rather than visual or motor
motile - one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
noticer - someone who takes notice; "a careful noticer of details"
seer - an observer who perceives visually; "an incurable seer of movies"
looker, spectator, viewer, watcher, witness - a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind); "the spectators applauded the performance"; "television viewers"; "sky watchers discovered a new star"
visualiser, visualizer - one whose prevailing mental imagery is visual
witness, witnesser, informant - someone who sees an event and reports what happened
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