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English definition of “perspective”

perspective

noun  /pərˈspek·tɪv/ us  

perspective noun (VIEW)

[C/U] a particular way of viewing things that depends on one’s experience and personality: [C] He brings a new perspective to the job. [C] From a social perspective, I am very much a liberal, although my economic policies are very conservative. [C/U] Perspective also means the ability to consider things in relation to one another accurately and fairly: [U] With more maturity and experience, you will gradually acquire perspective. in perspective If something is in perspective, it is considered as part of a complete situation so that you have an accurate and fair understanding of it: Let's try to talk about both sides of the issue and put it in perspective.

perspective noun (ART)

art [U] the method by which solid objects drawn or painted on a flat surface are given the appearance of depth and distance
(Definition of perspective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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