perceive - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb [transitive] 

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/pə(r)ˈsiːv/
present tense
I/you/we/theyperceive
he/she/itperceives
present participleperceiving
past tenseperceived
past participleperceived
  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
    perceive that:

    The doctor had perceived that something was troubling her.

    1. a.
      to notice something using your senses (=your ability to see, hear, smell etc)