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perceive

per·ceive

perceive

 
 
pronunciation:
pr siv
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: perceived, perceives, perceiving
definition 1: to become aware of by means of the senses.
The students are learning how the brain perceives sound.The dog perceived a change in its owner and became alarmed.If we smell something continually over a length of time, eventually we no longer perceive it.
synonyms:
detect, discern, distinguish, know, notice, observe, sense
similar words:
feel, hear, note, recognize, remark, see
definition 2: to mentally notice or distinguish, or to grasp and comprehend what something is.
I can't perceive the difference between these concepts.He hoped that his enemy could not perceive his weakness.She did not perceive her daughter's feelings of jealousy.I suddenly perceived that he had meant something entirely different.
synonyms:
apperceive, comprehend, grasp, realize, see, sense, understand
similar words:
appreciate, apprehend, discern, get, know
derivation: perceiver (n.)
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The word perceive contains the following part:
cap1, cip, capt, cept, -ceive, -ceit Latin root that means to take, catch