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1. To become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing.
2. To achieve understanding of; apprehend.

per·ceiv′a·ble adj.
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but perceiving that he whom he had laid hold of did not move or stir, he concluded that he was dead and that those in the room were his murderers, and with this suspicion he raised his voice still higher, calling out, "Shut the inn gate; see that no one goes out; they have killed a man here
We cannot help perceiving abundance of filth in every kennel, and, were it not for the over-powering fumes of idolatrous incense, I have no doubt we should find a most intolerable stench.
Having deposited the packages upon the sands, we sat down beneath some trees, and looked out into the ocean in the hope of perceiving a ship, but during several hours we saw none whatever.
The Ant, perceiving his design, stung him in the foot.
Poor Sophia, who now first heard of her little Tommy's fate (for her concern for Jones had prevented her perceiving it when it happened), shed a shower of tears.
On perceiving me, the stranger addressed me in English, although with a foreign accent.
I understand your feeling," continued he, perceiving that I wished to interrupt him; "but you are mistaken, my friend, if thus you will allow me to name you; nothing can alter my destiny; listen to my history, and you will perceive how irrevocably it is determined.
The relation between perceived risk and preventive action: a within-subject analysis of perceiving driving risk and intention to wear seatbelts.
In logistic regression analyses controlling only for parity, mother's and father's multipartnered fertility were negatively associated with perceiving all three types of support (odds ratio, 0.
Further research should be done to determine whether the contradictions found in this study are due to outside influence which could result in students' perceiving teacher-set goals as more worthwhile.