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per·ceive

(pər-sēv′)
v.
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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Alas, sir," said he, "I cannot but perceive how sadly I miss the letter of introduction which my father gave me to present to you.
He must be blind indeed who does not perceive the radical and chasmal difference between the truthful and the poetical modes of inculcation.
But he had also the constructive power which selects, arranges, and proportions, the faculty of clear and systematic exposition, and the interpretative historical vision which perceives and makes clear the broad tendencies in the apparent chaos of mere events.
And if the world perceives that what we are saying about him is the truth, will they be angry with philosophy?
The soul raised over passion beholds identity and eternal causation, perceives the self-existence of Truth and Right, and calms itself with knowing that all things go well.
The general description of the sort of phenomena that bear on our present question is as follows: A person states that his desires are so-and-so, and that it is these desires that inspire his actions; but the outside observer perceives that his actions are such as to realize quite different ends from those which he avows, and that these different ends are such as he might be expected to desire.
He had the not very common type of mind that perceives the merit in others more readily than their faults, and in himself the faults more readily than the merit.
asked Chief Inspector Heat, with scornful haste, like a man in a hurry who perceives he is wasting his time.
And the time, too, goes on--till one perceives ahead a shadow-line warning one that the region of early youth, too, must be left be- hind.
At length it becomes plain that the old lady or gentleman has not long to live; and the plainer this becomes, the more clearly the old lady or gentleman perceives that everybody is in a conspiracy against their poor old dying relative; wherefore the old lady or gentleman makes another last will - positively the last this time - conceals the same in a china teapot, and expires next day.
Concurrently, Wegg perceives a pretty little dead bird lying on the counter, with its head drooping on one side against the rim of Mr Venus's saucer, and a long stiff wire piercing its breast.
I do not perceive how you could express yourself more warmly.