verb (used with object), per·ceived, per·ceiv·ing.
Origin of perceive
Examples from the Web for perceive
People always have to perceive the problems before them, including many unexpected nuances, and decide how to handle them.
On the other hand, patients may not perceive much downside to taking the medications, even if they may not help much.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis|Russell Saunders|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They want Americans to perceive Washington as broken, especially heading into 2016.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout|Michael Tomasky|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It becomes a hapless gesture of uninformed social media departments who perceive the potential of engagement without consequences.
Why people might perceive the effects of eating cannabis to be more intense also has to do with set and setting.Smoke vs. Snack: Why Edible Marijuana Is Stronger Than Smoking|Steven Wishnia|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"The amount altogether is, you perceive, eleven hundred pounds," he continued.Verner's Pride|Mrs. Henry Wood
Newman had a kindness for old memories, but he found it impossible not to perceive that Tristram was nowadays a very light weight.The American|Henry James
He drew nearer, that his victim might perceive his presence.The Barber of Paris|Charles Paul de Kock
I now perceive that you told me the truth when you said I was not blinded by love, but by foolish pride.Philothea|Lydia Maria Child
To the practiced eyes of Dr. Trousseau these signs were apparent where I could not perceive them until he laid his finger on them.Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands|Charles Nordhoff
British Dictionary definitions for perceive
Word Origin for perceive
Word Origin and History for perceive
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.