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The word perceive and its family (perceived, perceives, perceiving, perception, perceptions) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb perceive

What does perceive mean as a doing word?

Perceive is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: perceived | perceiving | perceives

  1. to become aware of through the senses
  2. become conscious of
    • example: She finally perceived the futility of her protest
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: realise / realize / see / understand = perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
    • more specific terms: smell out / sense / smell = become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

Alternative definition of the verb perceive


  1. To see, to be aware of, to understand.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for perceive

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Google previewThe Nautical Magazine and Naval Chronicle for 1837 (2013)

by Various, Various Authors

suggested—to enquire into the several points which the committee in this report state as causing such enormous loss of life and property, and which it is to be presumed the public begins to perceive is an actual tax; and that the remedying of ...

Google previewOn the Unseen Dimension

by Lionel Wilde

The Hermetic Axiom is not biased towards any search discipline that we feel inclined by logic, faith or education to follow; it simply states that what we can perceive is an externalized representation of something unseen. The direct 27 The ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language Development (2014)

by Patricia J. Brooks, Vera Kempe

perceive these various speechrelated cues. From a theoretical perspective, and based on previous findings from studies on infant perceptionof auditory speech, the ability to perceive these cues in audiovisual speech can reasonably be ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resource Management (2016)

by Adrian Wilkinson, Stewart Johnstone

Human capital same for all modalities, individuals perceive this situation as consistent. Consensus is the co-variation of behaviour across different people. If many people perceive the situation in the same way, consensus is high.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare (2013)

by Marc Bekoff, Carron A. Meaney

perceive pain, the situation is not as clear for most invertebrates ( animals without backbones). However, the common octopus, with its large central ...

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Usage statistics about perceive

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Small photo of View of the open red door of a house in a street. We perceive a bike put on the internal staircaseSmall photo of Traditional of Thai noodle pot on the charcoal stove, a smoke floating on top feel hot, make me perceive the smell, life with vintage concept.Small photo of Photography in black and white of a very old lock. The steel doors stop closing. In the background, we perceive the silhouette of several bargesSmall photo of Semi-close-up in black and white, of a lock under a bridge. We perceive to the whom pours, the closed doors and the machinery.Contrasts and luminositySmall photo of Color photo of the Mountain from Reims to France. On the foreground, we perceive an old hut of vineyard.Small photo of Poodle, sensitive, easy to perceive, observant, ear nose, nimbleSmall photo of Through the window of my room I perceive the Swiss mountain, green, fresh and sunny More...

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Quotes about perceive

It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance for it requires knowledge to perceive it and therefore he that can perceive it hath it not. (Jeremy Taylor)
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Scrabble value of P3E1R1C3E1I1V4E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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