from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing.
- transitive v. To achieve understanding of; apprehend. See Synonyms at see1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To see, to be aware of, to understand.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To obtain knowledge of through the senses; to receive impressions from by means of the bodily organs; to take cognizance of the existence, character, or identity of, by means of the senses; to see, hear, or feel
- transitive v. To take intellectual cognizance of; to apprehend by the mind; to be convinced of by direct intuition; to note; to remark; to discern; to see; to understand.
- transitive v. To be affected of influented by.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In general, to become aware of; gain a knowledge of (some object or fact).
- Specifically, to come to know by direct experience; in psychology, to come to know by virtue of a real action of the object upon the mind (commonly upon the senses), though the knowledge may be inferential; know through external or internal intuition.
- Synonyms Observe, Notice, etc. See see.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become conscious of
- v. to become aware of through the senses
Middle English perceiven, from Old French perceivre, from Latin percipere : per-, per- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English perceiven, from Old French percevoir, perceveir, from Latin percipere, past participle perceptus ("take hold of, obtain, receive, observe"), from per ("by, through") + capere ("to take"); see capable. Compare conceive, deceive, receive. (Wiktionary)