verb (used with object), per·ceived, per·ceiv·ing.
- perceived noise decibel,
- percent sign,
Origin of perceive
Examples from the Web for perceives
I find it to be a very interesting concept—turning the weapons on who he perceives to be the perpetrators.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood|Marlow Stern|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He perceives the sounds of evil intent where others detect only well-meaning (if possibly misguided) enthusiasm.America’s Cassandra: David Mamet Speaks on the Lies of Obama and War|Lloyd Grove|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps the president is simply rewarding two men he perceives as having been loyal to him.
Much will depend on the outcome of the January 22 election and how Netanyahu perceives the line-up of willing coalition partners.
He perceives them as vital coalition allies and therefore does not support any electoral reform that will diminish their power.
The matter is more difficult than a superficial Utilitarianism perceives.
The excellent vernacular Keith;—still a fine breadth of accent in him, one perceives!History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVIII. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
He perceives in this a symbol, which is always a dangerous temptation to a mind of refined susceptibilities.The Moral and Intellectual Diversity of Races|Arthur, comte de Gobineau
“I used to be like that,” said he, looking up like a child who perceives that he is interesting.Higgins|Norman Duncan
It perceives that its very institutions will be imperiled by such a condition.
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.