verb (used with object), ap·per·ceived, ap·per·ceiv·ing. Psychology.

to have conscious perception of; comprehend.
to comprehend (a new idea) by assimilation with the sum of one's previous knowledge and experience.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (tr)

to be aware of perceiving
psychol to comprehend by assimilating (a perception) to ideas already in the mind

Word Origin for apperceive

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

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

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