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"perception" in American English

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perceptionnoun

 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 ​physicalsenses, esp. ​sight
(Definition of perception from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"perception" in British English

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perceptionnoun

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

"perception" in Business English

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perceptionnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /pəˈsepʃən/
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 ​strongbrand has a ​bigimpact on product perception. Sometimes the ​experience of going through the ​coursechanges people's perceptions about ​entrepreneurship.
(Definition of perception from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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