Definition of


  1. (noun, act) becoming aware of something via the senses
  2. (noun, cognition) the process of perceiving
  3. (noun, cognition) knowledge gained by perceiving
  4. (noun, cognition) a way of conceiving something
  5. (noun, cognition) the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

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Synonyms of Perception

percept, perceptual experience, sensing

Origin of the word Perception

  1. late 15c., "receiving, collection," from L. perceptionem (nom. perceptio) "perception, apprehension, a taking," from percipere "perceive" (see perceive). First used in the more literal sense of the L. word; in secondary sense, "the taking cognizance of," it is recorded in English from 1610s. Meaning "intuitive or direct recognition of some innate quality" i… more

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Words that sound like Perception

precipitation, precipitin, preoccupation

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