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  • He seemed to want to hide that he did this on our account, but we perceived that he did, and thanked him.
  • He is a town-made article, of small stature and weazen features, but may be perceived from a considerable distance by means of his very tall hat.

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  • Let them but once clearly perceive that its grand principle is to make business for itself at their expense, and surely they will cease to grumble.
  • Looking at the corner, I plainly perceived the mark of Mr. Jellyby’s head against the wall.
  • But not perceiving this quite plainly—only seeing it by halves in a confused way—the laity sometimes suffer in peace and pocket, with a bad grace, and DO grumble very much.
  • Foul and filthy as the room is, foul and filthy as the air is, it is not easy to perceive what fumes those are which most oppress the senses in it; but through the general sickliness and faintness, and the odour of stale tobacco, there comes into the lawyer’s mouth the bitter, vapid taste of opium.
  • Fortunately his elder sister perceives the cause of the agitation in Mrs. Bagnet’s breast and with an admonitory poke recalls him.
  • Many solitary figures he perceives creeping through the streets; many solitary figures out on heaths, and roads, and lying under haystacks.
  • It requires no discernment to perceive that he is warmed and refreshed.
  • He perceives with astonishment that supposing the present government to be overthrown, the limited choice of the Crown, in the formation of a new ministry, would lie between Lord Coodle and Sir Thomas Doodle—supposing it to be impossible for the Duke of Foodle to act with Goodle, which may be assumed to be the case in consequence of the breach arising out of that affair with Hoodle.

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  • I involuntarily returned for answer that I perceived Mr. Bucket knew him.
  • My guardian’s delicacy had soon perceived this and had tried to convey to her that he thought she was right.
  • I clearly perceived, too, that Ada shared my feelings.
  • ’Now, madam,’ said I, ’I clearly perceive—and indeed I know, to boot—that your son loves my ward.
  • Skimpole perceives them.
  • At this juncture we perceived Mr. Kenge coming out of court with an affable dignity upon him, listening to Mr. Vholes, who was deferential and carried his own bag.
  • Business has prevented me from mixing much with general society in any but a professional character; still I trust I am competent to perceive that she is a highly genteel young lady.
  • Here she again looked at me, and I now perceived from her glances at the door and at me, by turns, that she wished us to retire and to await her following us outside the prison.
  • Other solitaries he perceives, in nooks of bridges, looking over; and in shadowed places down by the river’s level; and a dark, dark, shapeless object drifting with the tide, more solitary than all, clings with a drowning hold on his attention.
  • As the door chanced to be standing open, Mr. Woodcourt was in his presence for some moments without being perceived, and he told me that he never could forget the haggardness of his face and the dejection of his manner before he was aroused from his dream.
  • Coavinses?" cried Mr. Skimpole, at length perceiving what he meant.

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as in: perceive the system as unfair Define
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
as in: though blind, can perceive light Define
to become aware of -- especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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