- 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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Related Words for perceiverobserver, viewer, bystander, fan, onlooker, theatergoer, looker, beholder, watcher, kibitzer, eyewitness, seer, witness, playgoer, clapper, perceiver, standee, looker-on, gaper, gazer
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Historical Examples of perceiver
There is one who is the knower, the subject, the ego, the perceiver.
That we all see in frames, that we all think in frames, no rational thinker or perceiver will deny.The Philosophy of Natural Theology
For, it is here necessary that the perceiver and the thing perceived should be similar to each other before true vision can exist.An Essay on the Beautiful
Whenever we use the term “perceiver”, we must know that there is something to be perceived.
Things are perceived only after the fashion of the perceiver, and this is why the syllables vary among different peoples.Delsarte System of Oratory
- 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 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.
- To become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing.
- To achieve understanding of; apprehend.