transitive verb (perceived; perceiving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French perceivre, from Latin percipere, from per- thoroughly + capere to take — more at heave Date: 14th century 1. a. to attain awareness or understanding of b. to regard as being such <
perceived threats
was perceived as a loser
2. to become aware of through the senses; especially see, observeperceivable adjectiveperceivably adverbperceiver noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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