Meaning of “perspective” in the English Dictionary

"perspective" in British English

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perspectivenoun

uk /pəˈspek.tɪv/ us /pɚˈspek.tɪv/

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 very 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.

More examples

  • 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"perspective" in American English

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perspectivenoun

us /pərˈspek·tɪv/

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)