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English definition of “perceive”

perceive

verb [T] uk   /pəˈsiːv/ us    /pɚ-/

perceive verb [T] (BELIEVE)

C1 to come to an opinion about something, or have a belief about something: How do the French perceive the British? Women's magazines are often perceived to be superficial.

perceive verb [T] (SEE)

C2 to see something or someone, or to notice something that is obvious: Bill perceived a tiny figure in the distance. I perceived a note of unhappiness in her voice. Perceiving that he wasn't happy with the arrangements, I tried to book a different hotel.
(Definition of perceive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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