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perceive -- as in: though blind, can perceive light
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as in: though blind, can perceive light Define
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

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  • 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
  • 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.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
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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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