- to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses: I perceived an object looming through the mist.
- to recognize, discern, envision, or understand: I perceive a note of sarcasm in your voice. This is a nice idea but I perceive difficulties in putting it into practice.
Origin of perceive
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Examples from the Web for perceived
They say it's frightening how the real CIA is perceived to be as clueless as Archer Co.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
The most dangerous attacks are those that undermine your perceived strength.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
Apple customers, on the other hand, are used to paying premium for perceived quality.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
In Colombia, it was perceived more like a coincidence or perhaps even an opportunistic play by the FARC.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
The speakers emphasized the diversity of the crowd and seemed to almost play defense over any perceived media attacks.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence
December 13, 2014
Plato perceived that the contemplative maiden was busy with memories of the past.
But as Philothea bent over him, she perceived a faint pulsation of the heart.
I then perceived that there was a very unusual expression in his face.To be Read at Dusk
But of the arc which He disclosed no one group of His followers has as yet perceived the whole.The Conquest of Fear
The enormous importance of this work will be at once perceived.
- to become aware of (something) through the senses, esp the sight; recognize or observe
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to come to comprehend; grasp
Word Origin and History for perceived
c.1300, via Anglo-French parceif, Old North French *perceivre (Old French perçoivre) "perceive, notice, see; recognize, understand," from Latin percipere "obtain, gather, seize entirely, take possession of," also, figuratively, "to grasp with the mind, learn, comprehend," literally "to take entirely," from per "thoroughly" (see per) + capere "to grasp, take" (see capable).
Replaced Old English ongietan. Both the Latin senses were in Old French, though the primary sense of Modern French percevoir is literal, "to receive, collect" (rents, taxes, etc.), while English uses the word almost always in the metaphorical sense. Related: Perceived; perceiving.
- To become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing.
- To achieve understanding of; apprehend.