to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
...life is simply one continual watch against the menace of death;—it has transformed us into unthinking animals in order to give us the weapon of instinct—it has reinforced us with dullness, so that we do not go to pieces before the horror, which would overwhelm us if we had clear, conscious thought—it has awakened in us the sense of comradeship, so that we escape the abyss of solitude—it has lent us the indifference of wild creatures, so that in spite of all, we perceive the positive in every moment,
But as it is I perceive behind them only the suffering of the creature, the awful melancholy of life and the pitilessness of men.
And at night, waking out of a dream, overwhelmed and bewitched by the crowding apparitions, a man perceives with alarm how slight is the support, how thin the boundary that divides him from the darkness.
There are no more uses of "perceive" identified with this meaning in the book.
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She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
The company wants to make sure it’s low price is not perceived as implying low quality.