[ 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.

Origin of apperceive

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English word from Old French word aperceivre.See ap-1, perceive

Other words from apperceive

  • un·ap·per·ceived, adjective

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How to use apperceive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for apperceive


/ (ˌæpəˈsiːv) /

  1. to be aware of perceiving

  2. psychol to comprehend by assimilating (a perception) to ideas already in the mind

Origin of apperceive

C19: from Old French aperceveir, from Latin percipere to perceive

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