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noun British English pronunciation: perspective /pə(r)ˈspektɪv/ 
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singularperspective
pluralperspectives
  1. 1
    [countable] a way of thinking about something

    You can call it brave or foolish, depending on your perspective.

    perspective on:

    The book deals with a woman's perspective on revolutionary change.

    from a historical/international/financial etc perspective:

    The problem needs to be looked at from a historical perspective.

    from the perspective of someone/something:

    From the perspective of anyone with children, it looks rather irrelevant.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a sensible way of judging how good, bad, important etc something is in comparison with other things
    lose perspective:

    He has lost all perspective in the rush to get what he wants.

    get/keep something in perspective:

    It's important to keep things in perspective and not dwell on one incident.

    get something out of perspective:

    You've got the problem completely out of perspective.

    put something into perspective:

    This kind of tragedy puts a mere football match into perspective.

    a sense of perspective:

    Writing as a foreigner gives her a great sense of perspective.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] art a method of showing distance in a picture by making far away objects smaller
    in/out of perspective:

    The figures in the foreground are badly out of perspective.

  4. 4
    [countable] a view of a large area

    The pictures show two perspectives of the bay.

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