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perceiveverb [T]

 us   /pərˈsiv/
  • perceive verb [T] (THINK OF)

to ​think of something in a ​particular way: The way ​people perceive the ​realworld is ​stronglyinfluenced by the ​language they ​speak. In those ​days, ​crime wasn’t ​even perceived as a ​problem.
  • perceive verb [T] (NOTICE)

to ​notice something or someone by using ​sight, ​sound, ​touch, ​taste, or ​smell: I perceived something ​moving in the ​shadows.
(Definition of perceive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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perceiveverb [T]

uk   /pəˈsiːv/  us   /pɚ-/
  • perceive verb [T] (BELIEVE)

C1 to come to an ​opinion about something, or have a ​belief about something: How do the ​French perceive the British? Women's ​magazines are often perceived to besuperficial.

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  • perceive verb [T] (SEE)

C2 to ​see something or someone, or to ​notice something that is ​obvious: Bill perceived a ​tinyfigure 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.
(Definition of perceive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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