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perspective

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4 meanings
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1  —as in:
Look at it from her perspective
Definition a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
  • A child who was abused with have a different perspective of family life than one raised in a nurturing home.
perspective = way of seeing or thinking about things
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Also, try to see it from her perspective before you make up your mind.
  • perspective = a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
  • The story is written from the student's perspective—which is very different than that of the teacher.
  • perspective = way of seeing or thinking about things
  • It shaped his whole perspective.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
  • I bring a perspective born in the brutal reality of child abuse and nurtured in hope for a better tomorrow.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
  • I try to think about it from their perspectives.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • perspectives = ways of seeing or thinking about things
  • But even when I was late, everyone seemed happy to have me there—to provide the "feminine teen perspective" they called it.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
  • No one's ever written a book like this.... We'd be breaking new ground. It's a brand-new perspective.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
  • How it must have looked from Peeta's perspective when I appeared in the arena having received burn medicine and bread when he, who was at death's door, had gotten nothing.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
  • "Look at it from his perspective," Mom said.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things

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2  —as in:
Keep it in perspective
Definition 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.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Attending a funeral helps me to put life into perspective and to separate the important things from those that are less important.
  • perspective = a sensible view
  • 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
  • perspective = sensible view
  • He'll gain some perspective while he's away.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • perspective = a sensible view of a situation
  • Okay, Over the Last Few Years I may have gained a little perspective.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • perspective = a sensible view of a situation
  • 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
  • perspective = a sensible view
  • Perspective was a luxury when your head was constantly buzzing with a swarm of demons.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • perspective = a sensible view of a situation
  • Making sure you don't lose perspective.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • perspective = a sensible view of a situation
  • And when he awoke, he looked upon the events of the previous day with more perspective.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • perspective = (of) a sensible view
  • 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
perspective = a sensible view

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3  —as in:
perspective in art
Definition 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
  • When train tracks are drawn with perspective, they appear to come together in the distance.
perspective = representing images so they are smaller when they are further away
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The artist intentionally breaks the rules of perspective.
  • perspective = representing images so they are smaller when they are further away
  • And then Mother went away and I drew a picture of a bus using perspective so that I didn't think about the pain in my chest and it looked like this....
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • perspective = giving a 2-dimensional picture a 3-dimensional appearance
  • A quarter of an hour later he stopped before a large cabin, adorned with several clusters of streamers, the exterior walls of which were designed to represent, in violent colours and without perspective, a company of jugglers.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • perspective = 3-dimensional appearance
  • The columns, the fountain, the arches were all realized in perfect perspective to perfect proportion, with every ornament in place.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • perspective = 3-dimensional appearance
  • The gray dusty truck, in the yard before the door, stood out magically in this light, in the overdrawn perspective of a stereopticon.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
perspective = 3-dimensional appearance

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4  —as in:
a perspective of the entire block
Definition a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
  • The penthouse window gives a perspective on half the city.
perspective = view
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The clouds and turns in the trail continually change the magnificent perspectives while hiking in the mountains.
  • perspectives = views
  • A perspective of little streets. On the right Roxane's house and the wall of her garden overhung with thick foliage.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • perspective = view
  • I constantly whipped my head around, searching for the fourth marker–a big dome-shaped peak with a missing piece, a curved absence scooped from its side that Melanie had only shown me this morning–as if the perspective would have changed from my last step.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • perspective = view (appearance from where looking)
  • He tilts his head to look at himself from different angles, like there's some magic perspective inside the mirror that could change the dimensions of his face.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • perspective = view (appearance from where looking)
  • Each of the rooms of the Metropol offered an entirely different perspective—one that was shaped not only by altitude and orientation, but by season and time of day.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • perspective = view
  • The beach between the palm terrace and the water was a thin stick, endless apparently, for to Ralph's left the perspectives of palm and beach and water drew to a point at infinity; and always, almost visible, was the heat.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • perspectives = views
  • The new levers on your control panel enable you to see from the perspective of any of your squadron leaders.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • perspective = view
  • Only for me, the long perspective of shades that set off one box from the next had suddenly snapped up, and I could see day after day after day glaring ahead of me like a white, broad, infinitely desolate avenue.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • perspective = view
  • For we were so deep under the hill whereon it was set that the angle of perspective of the Carpathian mountains was far below it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
perspective = view

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Less commonly:
Less commonly, in classic literature, perspective glass or perspectives can refer to a small telescope. More specialized senses of perspective are found in geometry, sound engineering, and philosophy. Consult a comprehensive dictionary if you wish to see those. All the common senses have to do with the way something is viewed.
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