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per·ceive

perceive

 
 
pronunciation:
pr siv
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part of speech: verb
inflections: perceives, perceiving, perceived
definition 1: to become aware of through the senses.
He perceived smoke coming from the kitchen and called the fire department.
synonyms:
detect, distinguish, know, notice, observe, sense
similar words:
feel, hear, note, recognize, remark, see
definition 2: to understand.
She read the paragraph over and over until she perceived what it meant.
synonyms:
comprehend, grasp, realize, see, sense, understand
similar words:
appreciate, apprehend, get, know
derivation: perceiver (n.)
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The word perceive contains the following parts:
per- Latin prefix that means through, throughout; very
cap1, cip, capt, cept, -ceive, -ceit Latin root that means to take, catch