- 1Become aware or conscious of (something); come to realize or understand: his mouth fell open as he perceived the truth [with clause]: he was quick to perceive that there was little future in such argumentsMore example sentences
- Her ability to understand, to perceive the nature of the truth was what was being tested.
- People admire that quiet charm, perceiving great depth and understanding behind that gentle manner.
- A person who is conscious selectively perceives sensations, attending to some while filtering out others.
- 1.1Become aware of (something) by the use of one of the senses, especially that of sight: he perceived the faintest of flushes creeping up her neckMore example sentences
- The robe that Euripides's Medea sends as a gift glues together the flesh and the bones of her rival; but the sense that perceives the progress of this deadly confusion is sight.
- You're actually perceiving it through your senses and through an exploration of what the idea might be perceived through your senses.
- The properties perceived by other senses are also conveyed by contact of some kind.
- 2Interpret or look on (someone or something) in a particular way; regard as: if Guy does not perceive himself as disabled, nobody else should [with object and infinitive]: some geographers perceive hydrology to be a separate field of scientific inquiryMore example sentences
- It would annoy me if that was what people perceived me to be here for.
- To come out to boos is one of the most strident messages you can receive about the way you are perceived as a person.
- However, for us our own branding has been an issue as people perceive us as a data company, so we have to work hard to get out the message about our voice and converged abilities.
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- According to Descartes, the mind is one sort of substance, and body another, because it is possible to form a conception of the mind and a conception of body by way of totally separate sets of clearly and distinctly perceivable attributes.
- Science is that branch of knowledge which deals with the material world, the world and natural phenomena that are observable, measurable and perceivable by the senses.
- It translates these purported interactions into a mode perceivable and tangible to man.
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- Aesthetics and the theory of beauty are not the same, because the theory of beauty may be concentrated on objects and appearances but aesthetics is concerned with perceptions and perceivers.
- I actually think in that moment we became, in some ways, different people, different journalists, different perceivers of the world.
- In other words, knowledge is always of a reality that exists independently of knowers and perceivers.
Middle English: from a variant of Old French perçoivre, from Latin percipere 'seize, understand', from per- 'entirely' +capere 'take'.