Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The process of perceiving something with the senses.
  • noun An instance of this.
  • noun The process or state of being aware of something.
  • noun Insight or knowledge gained by thinking.
  • noun The capacity for such insight or knowledge.
  • noun An insight or point of knowledge.
  • noun An interpretation or impression; an opinion or belief.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Originally, and most commonly down to the middle of the eighteenth century, cognition; thought and sense in general, whether the faculty, the operation, or the resulting idea.
  • noun The mental faculty, operation, or resulting construction of the imagination, of gaining knowledge by virtue of a real action of an object upon the mind.
  • noun An immediate judgment founded on sense or other real action of the object upon the mind, more or less analogous to what takes place in vision.
  • noun In law, participation in receipts; community of interest in income: as, the perception of profits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of perceiving; cognizance by the senses or intellect; apperhension by the bodily organs, or by the mind, of what is presented to them; discernment; apperhension; cognition.
  • noun (Metaph.) The faculty of perceiving; the faculty, or peculiar part, of man's constitution by which he has knowledge through the medium or instrumentality of the bodily organs; the act of apperhending material objects or qualities through the senses; -- distinguished from conception.
  • noun obsolete The quality, state, or capability, of being affected by something external; sensation; sensibility.
  • noun obsolete An idea; a notion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Conscious understanding of something.
  • noun Vision (ability)
  • noun Acuity
  • noun That which is detected by the five senses; not necessarily understood (imagine looking through fog, trying to understand if you see a small dog or a cat); also that which is detected within consciousness as a thought, intuition, deduction, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun knowledge gained by perceiving
  • noun a way of conceiving something
  • noun becoming aware of something via the senses
  • noun the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept
  • noun the process of perceiving

Etymologies

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

[Middle English percepcioun, from Old French percepcion, from Latin perceptiō, perceptiōn-, from perceptus, past participle of percipere, to perceive; see perceive.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French perception, from Latin perceptio ("a receiving or collecting, perception, comprehension"), from percipere, past participle perceptus ("to obtain, perceive"); see perceive.

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