to become aware of -- especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
It’s one thing to perceive something with the senses and another to understand its importance.
When she perceives Franz’s trouble she begins to bustle, and says: "Why did not someone say I was wanted?"
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
In his agony he perceived the word "fire" and felt flames licking at the torn bone and flesh.
Lois Lowry -- The Giver
While this strange dialogue continued, I perceived the crowd rapidly increase.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
He even thought he could perceive something on the ground at a distance;
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
On opening the door, she perceived her sister and Bingley standing together over the hearth, as if engaged in earnest conversation;
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
As he perceived her, she had immediately begun to stare up through the high tree branches at the sky.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
I had been looking steadily at the top of this hogshead for some minutes, and what now caused me surprise was the fact that I had not sooner perceived the object thereupon.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Black Cat
Then, permitting his looks to wander over the silent throng that crowded around the elevated seat of Tamenund, he first perceived Hawkeye in his bonds.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
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I could but partially perceive his features
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Fall of the House of Usher
...she experienced a contentment which she did not even perceive, so gently and naturally had it come.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
They put the surcoat on him, and on the back, without his perceiving it, they stitched a parchment on which they wrote in large letters, "This is Don Quixote of La Mancha."
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
As he plunged into the side aisles, he perceived a reddish light behind a cluster of pillars.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
But he does not yet perceive our purpose clearly.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Two Towers
The reader of nice perceptions will here perceive that, it being morning, Turkey’s answer is couched in polite and tranquil terms, but Nippers replies in ill-tempered ones.
Herman Melville -- Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
I perceived an agitation of the window blind,
Henry James -- The Turn of the Screw
When Elizabeth’s head rose through the trap she perceived that the upper door was open,
Thomas Hardy -- The Mayor of Casterbridge
...she was suddenly roused by a touch on the shoulder, and turning round, perceived Mrs. Hughes directly behind her,
Jane Austen -- Northanger Abbey
But one Sunday, having gone to take a walk in the Champs Elysees to refresh herself after the labors of the week, she suddenly perceived a woman who was leading a child.
Guy de Maupassant -- The Diamond Necklace
I perceive you delight not in music.
William Shakespeare -- The Two Gentlemen of Verona
He scrambled to his feet, and perceiving, evidently, the size of his assailant, ran quickly off, shouting alarms.
Stephen Crane -- Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
but she had a fatalistic sense of being drawn from one wrong turning to another, without ever perceiving the right road till it was too late to take it.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
As they reached the picnic ground she perceived that it was dark,
Sinclair Lewis -- Main Street
Olly, though without the tact to perceive when remarks were untimely, was saved by her very simplicity from rendering them offensive.
Thomas Hardy -- The Return of the Native
Martin perceived new avenues of exciting research;
Sinclair Lewis -- Arrowsmith
...as soon as he perceived her vacant seat, he sent me to call her.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived a still interior recess,
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Cask of Amontillado
They had not remained in this manner long, before Elinor perceived Willoughby, standing within a few yards of them,
Jane Austen -- Sense and Sensibility
In short, we can only have inexact conceptions of things we perceive with our senses.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
It required a certain amount of scientific education to perceive that the grey scale of the Thing was no common oxide,
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
They approached us with incredible swiftness, and were within gun-shot before they perceived us.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
When I leaned forward to kiss her, she turned away with an expert shrug, minimal, impersonal, that managed to place me on the outer brow of the perceivable.
Don DeLillo -- Underworld
He was nowhere to be met with; every search for him was equally unsuccessful, in morning lounges or evening assemblies; neither at the Upper nor Lower Rooms, at dressed or undressed balls, was he perceivable; nor among the walkers, the horsemen, or the curricle-drivers of the morning.