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per·ceive

 (pər-sēv′)
tr.v. per·ceived, per·ceiv·ing, per·ceives
1.
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.

perceive

(pəˈsiːv)
vb
1. to become aware of (something) through the senses, esp the sight; recognize or observe
2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to come to comprehend; grasp
[C13: from Old French perçoivre, from Latin percipere seize entirely, from per- (thoroughly) + capere to grasp]
perˈceivable adj
perˌceivaˈbility n
perˈceivably adv
perˈceiver n

per•ceive

(pərˈsiv)

v.t. -ceived, -ceiv•ing.
1. to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses.
2. to recognize, discern, or understand: to perceive difficulties.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French *perceivre, for Old French perçoivre < Latin percipere to lay hold of, grasp =per- per- + -cipere, comb. form of capere to take]
per•ceiv′a•ble, adj.
per•ceiv′a•bly, adv.
per•ceiv′er, n.
syn: See notice.

perceive


Past participle: perceived
Gerund: perceiving

Imperative
perceive
perceive
Present
I perceive
you perceive
he/she/it perceives
we perceive
you perceive
they perceive
Preterite
I perceived
you perceived
he/she/it perceived
we perceived
you perceived
they perceived
Present Continuous
I am perceiving
you are perceiving
he/she/it is perceiving
we are perceiving
you are perceiving
they are perceiving
Present Perfect
I have perceived
you have perceived
he/she/it has perceived
we have perceived
you have perceived
they have perceived
Past Continuous
I was perceiving
you were perceiving
he/she/it was perceiving
we were perceiving
you were perceiving
they were perceiving
Past Perfect
I had perceived
you had perceived
he/she/it had perceived
we had perceived
you had perceived
they had perceived
Future
I will perceive
you will perceive
he/she/it will perceive
we will perceive
you will perceive
they will perceive
Future Perfect
I will have perceived
you will have perceived
he/she/it will have perceived
we will have perceived
you will have perceived
they will have perceived
Future Continuous
I will be perceiving
you will be perceiving
he/she/it will be perceiving
we will be perceiving
you will be perceiving
they will be perceiving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been perceiving
you have been perceiving
he/she/it has been perceiving
we have been perceiving
you have been perceiving
they have been perceiving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been perceiving
you will have been perceiving
he/she/it will have been perceiving
we will have been perceiving
you will have been perceiving
they will have been perceiving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been perceiving
you had been perceiving
he/she/it had been perceiving
we had been perceiving
you had been perceiving
they had been perceiving
Conditional
I would perceive
you would perceive
he/she/it would perceive
we would perceive
you would perceive
they would perceive
Past Conditional
I would have perceived
you would have perceived
he/she/it would have perceived
we would have perceived
you would have perceived
they would have perceived
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.perceive - to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
sense, feel - perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles; "He felt the wind"; "She felt an object brushing her arm"; "He felt his flesh crawl"; "She felt the heat when she got out of the car"
apperceive - perceive in terms of a past experience
receive, pick up - register (perceptual input); "pick up a signal"
divine - perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers
hallucinate - perceive what is not there; have illusions
misperceive - perceive incorrectly
catch, pick up - perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; "I caught the aroma of coffee"; "He caught the allusion in her glance"; "ears open to catch every sound"; "The dog picked up the scent"; "Catch a glimpse"
dream - experience while sleeping; "She claims to never dream"; "He dreamt a strange scene"
ache, hurt, suffer - feel physical pain; "Were you hurting after the accident?"
smell - inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
touch - perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
see - perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"
sight, spy - catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"
hear - perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
listen - hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"
taste - perceive by the sense of taste; "Can you taste the garlic?"
find - perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place; "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"
see through - perceive the true nature of; "We could see through her apparent calm"
2.perceive - become conscious of; "She finally perceived the futility of her protest"
smell out, sense, smell - become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; "I sense his hostility"; "i smell trouble"; "smell out corruption"
realize, see, understand, realise - perceive (an idea or situation) mentally; "Now I see!"; "I just can't see your point"; "Does she realize how important this decision is?"; "I don't understand the idea"

perceive

verb
2. understand, sense, gather, get (informal), know, see, feel, learn, realize, conclude, appreciate, grasp, comprehend, get the message about, deduce, apprehend, suss (out) (slang), get the picture about He was beginning to perceive the true nature of their relationship.
3. consider, believe, judge, suppose, rate, deem, adjudge How real do you perceive this threat to be?

perceive

verb
1. To apprehend (images) by use of the eyes:
Scots: ken.
2. To be intuitively aware of:
Idioms: feel in one's bones, get vibrations.
Translations
يَرى، يُلاحِظ، يُدْرِك
pochopituvědomit si
forståopfatte
észlel
skynja; skilja
justi
aptvertmanītsaprast
anlamaksezmek

perceive

[pəˈsiːv] VT
1. (= see, hear) → percibir; (= realize) → darse cuenta de, notar
now I perceive thatahora veo que ...
do you perceive anything strange?¿notas algo raro?
perceived need/interestnecesidad f/interés m que se ha detectado
2. (= understand) → comprender
I do not perceive how it can be doneno comprendo cómo se puede hacer
3. (= consider) → considerar
their action may be perceived as a threatsu actuación puede considerarse or puede verse como una amenaza
the things children perceive as being importantlas cosas que los niños consideran importantes
they perceive themselves as rebelsse ven a sí mismos como rebeldes, se consideran a sí mismos rebeldes

perceive

[pərˈsiːv] vt
(= see) → percevoir
(= notice) → remarquer, s'apercevoir de
to perceive sb/sth as being sth → considérer qn/qch comme étant qch
Stress is widely perceived as contributing to heart disease → Le stress est souvent considéré comme un facteur contribuant au déclenchement des maladies cardiaques.

perceive

vtwahrnehmen; (= understand, realize, recognize)erkennen; do you perceive anything strange?fällt Ihnen irgendetwas Ungewöhnliches auf?; …, which we perceive to be the case (form)…, was wir als zutreffend erkennen; to perceive oneself as …sich als … empfinden

perceive

[pəˈsiːv] vt (sound, meaning, change) → percepire; (person, object) → notare; (realize) → accorgersi di

perceive

(pəˈsiːv) verb
to be or become aware of (something); to understand; to realize. She perceived that he was tired.

perceive

v. darse cuenta de, percibir, advertir.
References in classic literature ?
demanded Heyward, perceiving that the exertions of the scout had ceased.
The savage, perceiving their defenceless situation, without offering violence to the family attempted to captivate the Negro, who, happily proved an over-match for him, threw him on the ground, and, in the struggle, the mother of the children drew an ax from a corner of the cottage, and cut his head off, while her little daughter shut the door.
Perceiving her, he threw his horse back on its haunches, to prevent a collision.
On perceiving a young rose-bud of a girl, instead of the gaunt presence of the old maid, a look of surprise was manifest.
Again, at the first instant of perceiving that thin visage, and the slight deformity of the figure, she pressed her infant to her bosom with so convulsive a force that the poor babe uttered another cry of pain.
On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure of his fellow-traveller in relief against the sky, gigantic in height, and muffled in a cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck on perceiving that he was headless
Instead of gaily denouncing and caressing me, they made no allusion to my having failed them, and I was left, for the time, on perceiving that she too said nothing, to study Mrs.
Now, gentlemen, so suddenly perceiving the snowy whale within fifty yards of the ship --forgetful of the compact among the crew --in the excitement of the moment, the Teneriffe man had instinctively and involuntarily lifted his voice for the monster, though for some little time past it had been plainly beheld from the three sullen mast-heads.
Moreover, as if perceiving at last that if he should give undiluted conscientious advice to Pip, he would be leaving him too wide a margin to jump in for the future; Stubb suddenly dropped all advice, and concluded with a peremptory command, Stick to the boat, Pip, or by the Lord, I wont pick you up if you jump; mind that.
Shelby, returning to his paper, which he seemed for a few moments quite intent upon, not perceiving that he was holding it bottom upwards.