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English definition of “perceive”

perceive

verb [T]  /pərˈsiv/ us  

perceive verb [T] (THINK OF)

to think of something in a particular way: The way people perceive the real world is strongly influenced by the language they speak. In those days, crime wasn’t even perceived as a problem.

perceive verb [T] (NOTICE)

to notice something or someone by using sight, sound, touch, taste, or smell: I perceived something moving in the shadows.
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