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.

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  • 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 influenced 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English perceiven, from Old French perceivre, from Latin percipere : per-, per- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.

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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.


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