Meaning of “perceive” - Learner’s Dictionary

perceive

verb [ T ] uk us /pəˈsiːv/ formal
THINK

to think of something or someone in a particular way:

[ often passive ] The British are often perceived as being very formal.
NOTICE

to notice something that is not easy to notice:

We perceived a faint light in the distance.

(Definition of “perceive” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)