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apperceive

[ap-er-seev]
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verb (used with object), ap·per·ceived, ap·per·ceiv·ing. Psychology.
  1. to have conscious perception of; comprehend.
  2. to comprehend (a new idea) by assimilation with the sum of one's previous knowledge and experience.
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Origin of apperceive

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English word from Old French word aperceivre. See ap-1, perceive
Related formsun·ap·per·ceived, adjective
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apperceive

verb (tr)
  1. to be aware of perceiving
  2. psychol to comprehend by assimilating (a perception) to ideas already in the mind
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Word Origin

C19: from Old French aperceveir, from Latin percipere to perceive
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Word Origin and History for apperceive

v.

c.1300, from Old French apercevoir (see apperception). In modern psychological use, a back-formation from apperception. Related: Apperceived; apperceiving.

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