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English definition of “perceive”

perceive

verb [T] (SEE)    /pəˈsiːv/ US  /pɚ-/
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 .Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptiveKnowing and learningAware
(Definition of perceive verb (SEE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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