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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.

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“perception” in American English

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us /pərˈsep·ʃən/

perception noun (BELIEF)

[ C ] a thought, belief, or opinion, often held by many people and based on appearances:

Even though he had done nothing illegal, the public’s perception was that he had acted dishonestly, and he was forced to resign.

perception noun (AWARENESS)

[ U ] an awareness of things through the physical senses, esp. sight

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“perception” in Business English

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perceptionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /pəˈsepʃən/ us

the way that someone thinks and feels about a company, product, service, etc.:

Although our handling of complaints has improved greatly, it continues to be a significant problem in terms of public perception.
A strong brand has a big impact on product perception.
Sometimes the experience of going through the course changes people's perceptions about entrepreneurship.

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Technological progress, notably in the areas of telecommunications and information technology, has fundamentally changed the perception of services and their potential role in international trade.
Even if this perception were wrong, we should still treat it with respect and care since our unity is of the utmost importance.
How can we not consider taking into account, in our perception of how to implement market economy reforms, the social and environmental dimensions of these reforms?
Finally, the directive has struck a just balance between the all-out liberalization practised in certain parts of the world, and our perception of public service.
How many wars and how much violence find their improper origins in religious intolerance, often fed by political interests rather than religious perception?
However, what a directive can do is to change the perception individuals have of nuclear energy and their judgment as to whether or not it is safe.
There is, in fact, a desire, within the diffuse economic perception that grips us, to substitute money for our political and strategic absence.
We must get away from the perception that they are a luxury, but make specific policies to boost investment in this sector.
Warnings should appeal to the smokers' own perception of the environment and should not be formulated such that their effect is like water off a duck' s back.
In this context, the citizens' perception is perhaps that the euro has played a major role in increasing inflation and in raising prices.

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