Meaning of “perception” in the English Dictionary

"perception" in British English

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uk /pəˈsep.ʃən/ us /pɚ-/

perception noun (BELIEF)

C2 [ C ] a belief or opinion, often held by many people and based on how things seem:

We have to change the public's perception that money is being wasted.
These photographs will affect people's perceptions of war.

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  • There is a general perception that exams are becoming easier to pass.
  • It is my perception that his argument was fundamentally flawed.
  • We need to change people's perception of the military.
  • These perceptions reflect those of the general public.
  • Popular perception of him is gradually changing.

(Definition of “perception” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"perception" in American English

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us /pərˈsep·ʃən/

perception noun (BELIEF)

[ C ] a thought, belief, or opinion, often held by many people and based on appearances:

Even though he had done nothing illegal, the public’s perception was that he had acted dishonestly, and he was forced to resign.

perception noun (AWARENESS)

[ U ] an awareness of things through the physical senses, esp. sight

(Definition of “perception” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"perception" in Business English

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perceptionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /pəˈsepʃən/ us

the way that someone thinks and feels about a company, product, service, etc.:

Although our handling of complaints has improved greatly, it continues to be a significant problem in terms of public perception.
A strong brand has a big impact on product perception.
Sometimes the experience of going through the course changes people's perceptions about entrepreneurship.

(Definition of “perception” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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