1 see, make out, discern, catch sight of, glimpse, spot, espy, apprehend, take in, notice, note, discover, descry, observe, mark, remark, identify, distinguish, detect:
I perceived his hesitation when a solo flight was suggested. She perceived a strange odour emanating from the cupboard.
2 appreciate, grasp, feel, sense, apprehend, understand, gather, comprehend, deduce, infer, figure out, ascertain, determine, conclude, decipher, Colloq dig, catch on:
She perceived that he was going to renege on his promise to take her to the Riviera.
3 Often, perceive of. regard, view, look on, consider, contemplate, judge, deem, believe, think:
Calthorpe perceives of himself as a great actor, but he is dreadful. This gesture is often perceived as threatening.
clearly | dimly
Babies are weak and vulnerable in the presence of huge shapes that they can only dimly perceive.
the world of directly perceived objects
Risks are perceived differently by different people.
| easily, readily
The industrial bias of canal building can be readily perceived by looking at Figure 7.3.
| correctly | immediately
VERB + PERCEIVE
be able/unable to, can/could | fail to | be difficult to
The General's words were perceived as a threat by neighbouring countries.
It is widely perceived as a women's health problem, but it does also affect men.
| a failure/an inability to perceive sth
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