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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 real world is strongly influenced 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.
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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 be superficial.

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  • perceive verb [T] (SEE)

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.
(Definition of perceive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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