- 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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Examples from the Web for unperceived
He was unperceived by Friedhelm and Sigmund, who were looking after the procession.The First Violin
The death is slow and unperceived, but it is sure; and it is a death that has no resurrection.
He has followed me, unperceived, all the way from home—I would not lose him for fifty pounds.Stories of Comedy
The Vicomte—a little man, as I have said—slipped in unperceived.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
So softly he reached her, that for a moment he was unperceived.The Young Duke
- 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 and History for unperceived
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.