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perspectivenoun

uk   /pəˈspek.tɪv/  us   /pɚˈspek-/

perspective noun (THOUGHT)

C1 [C] a particular way of considering something: Her attitude lends a fresh perspective to the subject. He writes from a Marxist perspective. Because of its geographical position, Germany's perspective on the situation in Russia is rather different from Washington's.get/keep sth in perspective C2 to think about a situation or problem in a wise and reasonable way: You must keep things in perspective - the overall situation isn't really that bad.put sth in(to) perspective C2 to compare something to other things so that it can be accurately and fairly judged: Total investments for this year reached $53 million, and, to put this into perspective, investments this year were double those made in 2013.
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  • I'd like to get someone else's perspective on this.
  • You're approaching the problem from a completely different perspective.
  • In a few years he might have a different perspective.
  • Why don't you think of this from a child's perspective?
  • When my Mum died it gave me a whole new perspective on life.

perspective noun (ART)

[U] the way that objects appear smaller when they are further away and the way parallel lines appear to meet each other at a point in the distance: In 15th-century Italy, artists rediscovered the rules of perspective.in perspective An object or person that is in perspective has the correct size and position in comparison with other things in the picture.out of perspective An object or person that is out of perspective does not have the correct size or position in comparison with other things in the picture, and therefore does not look real or natural.
(Definition of perspective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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