verb (used with object), per·ceived, per·ceiv·ing.
Origin of perceive
Examples from the Web for perceiving
There is no disconnect between what the scientists are measuring and finding and what Americans are perceiving and experiencing.New Poll Finds Americans Are Worried About Runaway Population Growth|Jerry Karnas|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If he's perceiving elite anxiety, one can only say: finally.
Najafi told The Daily Beast that perceiving his song as an insult is “a 100 percent misinterpretation.”Iranian Rapper Shahin Najafi Faces Death Threats for Song Deemed Insult|Omid Memarian|May 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This Blitheman perceiving that he had a natural geny to the faculty, spared neither time nor labor to advance it to the utmost.Dealings With The Dead|A Sexton of the Old School
Perceiving delicious danger in the virgin's face, James continued before she could retort, "I hope Susan wasn't gored?"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)|Arnold Bennett
"By all means," said Mr. Lavender, perceiving at once that he was being interviewed.The Burning Spear|John Galsworthy
They have been created, not by the perceiving being, but by the perceptible environment.Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas|Remy de Gourmont
He stopped abruptly, perceiving that Mrs. Peagrim was not present and—a more disturbing discovery—that Otis Pilkington was.Jill the Reckless|P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for perceiving
Word Origin for perceive
Word Origin and History for perceiving
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.