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verb [transitive] perceive pronunciation in British English /pə(r)ˈsiːv/
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present tense
present participleperceiving
past tenseperceived
past participleperceived
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  1. 1
    [often passive] to understand or think about something in a particular way
    School heads perceive their roles in different ways.
    perceive someone/something as something: Computers were often perceived as a threat.
    perceive someone/something to be something: politicians who are generally perceived to be corrupt
    a perceived advantage/need/threat (=one that people think is real): The most important problem is the perceived threat to public health.
  2. 2
    formal to notice or realize something
    He quickly perceived the truth.
    perceive that: The doctor had perceived that something was troubling her.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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