perceive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v perceive become conscious of "She finally perceived the futility of her protest"
    • v perceive to become aware of through the senses "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Jonathan Swift all suffered from Ménièr's disease. It is a disorder of the hearing and balance senses causing hissing, roaring or whistling sounds to be perceived.
    • Perceive To be affected of influented by. "The upper regions of the air perceive the collection of the matter of tempests before the air here below."
    • Perceive To obtain knowledge of through the senses; to receive impressions from by means of the bodily organs; to take cognizance of the existence, character, or identity of, by means of the senses; to see, hear, or feel; as, to perceive a distant ship; to perceive a discord.
    • Perceive To take intellectual cognizance of; to apprehend by the mind; to be convinced of by direct intuition; to note; to remark; to discern; to see; to understand. "Jesus perceived their wickedness.""You may, fair lady, Perceive I speak sincerely.""Till we ourselves see it with our own eyes, and perceive it by our own understandings, we are still in the dark."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A few species of monkeys and apes see the full spectrum of color, as well as some birds and possibly fish. Most animals, however, perceive the world in shades of gray, including the bull. A bull who charges a bright red cape is charging because of the movement of the cape, not the color.
    • perceive In general, to become aware of; gain a knowledge of (some object or fact).
    • perceive Specifically, to come to know by direct experience; in psychology, to come to know by virtue of a real action of the object upon the mind (commonly upon the senses), though the knowledge may be inferential; know through external or internal intuition.
    • perceive Synonyms Observe, Notice, etc. See see.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Perceive per-sēv′ to become aware of through the senses: to get knowledge of by the mind: to see: to understand: to discern
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described.”
  • Haneef Fatmi
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    “Intelligence is that faculty of mind, by which order is perceived in a situation previously considered disordered.”
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
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    “If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.”
  • Helen Schucman
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    “Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity”
  • M. Shawn Cole
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    “You are only as wise as others perceive you to be.”
  • Michael J. Gelb
    Michael J. Gelb
    “... by stretching yourself beyond your perceived level of confidence you accelerate your development of competence.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. percevoir, perceveir, L. percipere, perceptum,; per,see Per-) + capere, to take, receive. See Capacious, and cf. Perception
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. percever—L. percipĕre, perceptumper, perfectly, capĕre, to take.

Usage

In literature:

Hast thou not perceived that thy Bible tells thee in many different ways that God chooses not as men choose?
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
Brand began to perceive whence his friend Evelyn had derived at least some of his inspiration.
"Sunrise" by William Black
Malati perceived that Hira was not pleased at this; also that one room remained constantly closed.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Hollister perceived that his face shocked the specialist in B.C.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The worker in the fields is never slow in perceiving analogies; he will always generously supplement the vagueness of the facts.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
He then perceived that, though trampling upon money, he was perfectly awake.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
I was preparing to enter the house when I perceived that my bundle was gone.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Suddenly they perceived that Francis was no longer with them.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
In my previous lecture I criticised the concept of matter as the substance whose attributes we perceive.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
I cannot perceive how.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
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In poetry:

"Lucius, behold the dawn,
Go, I pray thee, leave me here,
Mark the first fresh breath of morn,
Leave this cloister dark and drear, — Lo! ye gods — we are perceived,
Warnings, they, no doubt, received.
"The Vestal Virgin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
O gods, who look down from above
Upon our tangle of lust and love,
And, in your purity, perceive
The worth of what our follies leave:
Give us but this, and sink the rest--
To know that dew and dawn are best.
"Second Nature" by Edith Nesbit
Thou hast (yet more) to perfect this,
A promise and an earnest got
Of gaining everlasting bliss,
Though thou, my babe, perceiv'st it not;
Sweet baby, then forbear to weep;
Be still, my babe; sweet baby, sleep.
"A Rocking Hymn" by George Wither
In each flight, with new hope, she perceives her heart burn
'Till that hope she so often has cherished in vain,
That she welcomes with tears his unjoyous return,
And her health wastes away with vexation and pain.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
"Might avail to steal it from me, by its deep heart-warm affection?
Might perceive by strength of loving how the fond words to combine?
Surely no! I will be silent, in your soul is no reflection
Of the care that burdens mine!"
"Poems - Written On The Deaths Of Three Lovely Children" by Jean Ingelow
Then looking hard upon her, came to him
The power to feel and to perceive. Her teeth
Chattered, and all her limbs with shuddering failed,
And in her threadbare shawl was wrapped a child
That looked on him with wondering, wistful eyes.
"Laurance - [Part 2]" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Measure A—a referendum on the perceived benefits of county parks.
Frank Bruni in the New York Times perceived the pizza art in NYC as "definitely having a moment," and GQ put together a controversial list of America's best pizza places.
While parents are using new detergent pods for laundry, kids across the country are being enticed by what they perceive as an edible treat.
Kobe Bryant fans, specifically -- get a little too reactionary in defense of their guy, turning every slight, real or perceived, into evidence of widespread anti-24 conspiracies.
Apparently the Bears aren't limiting their talent search to perceived positions of need.
Perceived "problems" with body image can affect men as well.
"Even the parties who don't gain victory perceive that they have had their fair day in court".
Ability and expertise are often not perceived, because when computers read resumés, credentials expressed as searchable keywords matter more than actual skills or positive traits that an interviewer might detect.
Government researcher perceives opposition to ACA dwindling.
C 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) Conservative commentators like Rupert Murdoch's stable and Ross Douthat of The New York Times are feasting on what they perceive as the "death" of "liberal Christianity.".
Muting the Obsessions Over Perceived Flaws.
It it perceived that talented and creative people leave our cities and others for bigger and supposedly better environs.
Mainstream media, or "lame stream" as Sarah Palin prefers it, came under increased attack during the presidential campaign, mostly among conservatives who railed against a perceived liberal tilt.
Deborah Jeon, legal director for the ACLU of Maryland, says Leopold ordered his executive detail and other county employees to create an "enemies list," or a group he perceived as political rivals.
The Republicans lost this election due to their perceived extreme views regarding social policy.
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In science:

However, clusters may still be perceived if there are rare realizations of M (t) which are extremely different from values in nearby ω-intervals even as ω becomes small.
Compound Markov counting processes and their applications to modeling infinitesimally over-dispersed systems
However, one can perceive some distortions both in the regular pattern of space-time probability density, the so-called quantum carpets, and in the phase space representation of Wigner function.
Super revivals and sub-Planck scale structures of a slightly relativistic particle in a box
The logarithmic dependence proper of the CFT vacuum (2.1) is reproduced for small intervals, since the associated geodesics stay close to the boundary and perceive an AdS geometry. A regime of linear growth is established at intermediate values of l some time after the action on the system ends.
Holographic Evolution of Entanglement Entropy
This bound has also a holographic meaning: we have shown in (4.14) that geodesics associated to smaller intervals only perceive the black hole already formed.
Holographic Evolution of Entanglement Entropy
These science cases have concentrated on intermediate-scale facilities (i.e. 2 m-class telescopes), perceived as the most likely size for the next Antarctic IR telescope.
Astronomy in Antarctica
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