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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 dictionaries 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 previewPerspectives on Perception (2007)

by Mary Margaret McCabe, Mark Textor

Deduction to establish - the inevitable contribution they make to the representations we construct in synthesising sensory inputs ensures that the world we thereby perceive is the world of appearance, and not the world as it is in itself.

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 previewAn Etymological Dictionary (1821)

by William Grimshaw

PERCEIVE. v. To know, through the medium of the senses; to observe. F. affiercevoir: L. fiercifio: fier, through, and cafio, to take. , - * PER CENT. By the hundred; for every hundred. L. fier, by, and ...

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 previewThe Shorter Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2005)

by Edward Craig

Perception, objects, appearance and illusion 2 Sense-datum theories of perception 3 Intentional theories of perception 4 Naive realism and disjunctive theories of appearance 1 Perception, objects, appearance and illusion We perceive ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

The sensitive faculty is that by which we perceive ...

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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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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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