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Meaning of PERCEIVE

Pronunciation:  pur'seev

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become conscious of; "She finally perceived the futility of her protest"
  2. [v]  to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

PERCEIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: comprehend
 See Also: ache, apperceive, catch, divine, dream, feel, find, hallucinate, hear, hurt, listen, misperceive, pick up, realise, realize, receive, see, see, see through, sense, sense, sight, smell, suffer, taste, touch, understand



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per*ceive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perceived}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Perceiving}.] [OF. percevoir, perceveir, L.
percipere, perceptum; per (see {Per-}) + capere to take,
receive. See {Capacious}, and cf. {Perception}.]
1. To obtain knowledge of through the senses; to receive
   impressions from by means of the bodily organs; to take
   cognizance of the existence, character, or identity of, by
   means of the senses; to see, hear, or feel; as, to
   perceive a distant ship; to perceive a discord. --Reid.

2. To take intellectual cognizance of; to apprehend by the
   mind; to be convinced of by direct intuition; to note; to
   remark; to discern; to see; to understand.

         Jesus perceived their wickedness.     --Matt. xxii.

         You may, fair lady, Perceive I speak sincerely.

         Till we ourselves see it with our own eyes, and
         perceive it by our own understandings, we are still
         in the dark.                          --Locke.

3. To be affected of influented by. [R.]

         The upper regions of the air perceive the collection
         of the matter of tempests before the air here below.

Syn: To discern; distinguish; observe; see; feel; know;

Usage: To {Perceive}, {Discern}. To perceive a thing is to
       apprehend it as presented to the senses or the
       intellect; to discern is to mark differences, or to
       see a thing as distinguished from others around it. We
       may perceive two persons afar off without being able
       to discern whether they are men or women. Hence,
       discern is often used of an act of the senses or the
       mind involving close, discriminating, analytical
       attention. We perceive that which is clear or obvious;
       we discern that which requires much attention to get
       an idea of it. ``We perceive light, darkness, colors,
       or the truth or falsehood of anything. We discern
       characters, motives, the tendency and consequences of
       actions, etc.'' --Crabb.

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