perceive

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Perceive is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
perceive

Third-person singular
perceives

Past tense
perceived

Past participle
perceived

Present participle
perceiving

  1. If you perceive something, you notice it through one of your senses (you see it, touch it, smell it, hear it, or taste it); to be aware of something.
    He was unable to perceive any difference at all in the room after the changes.
  2. (transitive); (usually passive) If you perceive something, you believe it or understand it.
    Education is widely perceived as a powerful way to improve the quality of life.