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perspective -- as in: Keep it in perspective
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as in: Keep it in perspective Define
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
  • She loses perspective and continually wants to change the plan in a manner that depends on the most recent complaint.
  • Attending a funeral helps me to put life into perspective and to separate the important things from those that are less important.
  • And Squealer, who happened to be passing at this moment, attended by two or three dogs, was able to put the whole matter in its proper perspective.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Although he castigated himself severely for this waste of a life he’d taken, a day later McCandless appeared to regain some perspective, for his journal notes, "henceforth will learn to accept my errors, however great they be."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • The average person is so fogged up by all this, he has no perspective on what’s really important anymore.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Oh, I love mortals-they have absolutely no sense of perspective.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • To put it into perspective, the congressional district that included Beaufort covered the entire eastern part of the state-some twenty thousand square miles-and there wasn’t a single town with more than twenty-five thousand people.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • He’ll gain some perspective while he’s away.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Okay, Over the Last Few Years I may have gained a little perspective.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • ...immigrant children in U.S. schools who spent time separated from parents are often depressed, act up, have trouble trusting anyone, and don’t respond to the authority of parents they weren’t raised with. Los Angeles Unified School District psychologist Bradley Pilon believes only one in ten immigrant students ultimately accepts his or her parent and puts the rancor he or she feels toward the parent in perspective. Murillo’s conclusion: "The parents say: I had to do it." But that’s not enough for these children. All of them feel the resentment.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey

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  • And just to keep things in perspective, from the "Some-Things-Never-Change" department, an unrequited crush from high school wrote to wish me well and gently reminded me why I was way too nerdy for her back then (also letting slip that she’d gone on to marry a real doctor).
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • She thought about the things that were worse, the black pictures in my head, while I tried to tune her out without much success. She was able to look at them with some distance, some perspective, and I had to admit that this was helpful.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • ...and then we just head out to the countryside for a view of the green rolling hills. Of course you have to look the other way when the train goes by the townships, because those people don’t have any perspective of what good scenery is, that’s for sure. They will make their houses out of a piece of rusted tin or the side of a crate—and leave the writing part on the outside for all to see!
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Just like what my sister said when I had been in the hospital for a while. She said that she was really worried about going to college, and considering what I was going through, she felt really dumb about it. And really, I don’t think I have it any better or worse than she does. I don’t know. It’s just different. Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • What I need is perspective.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • ...he didn’t seem to have as much perspective as older, better-traveled souls.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Morrie had aging in better perspective.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • You’re so good at all of this, I don’t imagine it will take too long to put everything in perspective.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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To see samples using other meanings of perspective, click a word sense below:
as in: Look at it from her perspective Define
a particular way of seeing or considering things
as in: Keep it in perspective Define
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
as in: perspective in art Define
giving a 2-dimensional picture a 3-dimensional appearance by making parts that are farther away look smaller than things that are close; or a picture drawn in such a manner
as in: a perspective of the entire block Define
a view -- often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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