Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “perception”

perception

noun 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.

perception noun (SIGHT)

[U] the quality of being aware of things through the physical senses, especially sight: Drugs can alter your perception of reality. [U] someone's ability to notice and understand things that are not obvious to other people: She has extraordinary powers of perception for one so young. He's not known for his perception.
(Definition of perception from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of perception?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “perception”

Definitions of “perception” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

fairy

an imaginary creature with magic powers, usually represented as a very small person with wings

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford​,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More