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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perceive mean? 

  The verb PERCEIVE has 2 senses:

1. to become aware of through the senses
2. become conscious of

  Familiarity information: PERCEIVE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1perceive [BACK TO TOP]


To become aware of through the senses

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling


perceive; comprehend

Context example:

I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "perceive"):

find (perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place)

taste (perceive by the sense of taste)

listen (hear with intention)

hear (perceive (sound) via the auditory sense)

sight (catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes)

see (perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight)

touch (perceive via the tactile sense)

smell (inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense)

ache; hurt; suffer (feel physical pain)

dream (experience while sleeping)

catch; pick up (perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily)

misperceive (perceive incorrectly)

hallucinate (perceive what is not there; have illusions)

divine (perceive intuitively or through some inexplicable perceptive powers)

pick up; receive (register (perceptual input))

apperceive (perceive in terms of a past experience)

feel; sense (perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles)

see through (perceive the true nature of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sense 2perceive [BACK TO TOP]


Become conscious of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

She finally perceived the futility of her protest

Hypernyms (to "perceive" is one way to...):

realise; realize; see; understand (perceive (an idea or situation) mentally)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "perceive"):

sense (become aware of not through the senses but instinctively)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

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