Meaning of PERCEPTION in English


/ pəˈsepʃn; NAmE pərˈs-/ noun


[ U ] ( formal or technical ) the way you notice things, especially with the senses :

our perception of reality

visual perception

—see also extrasensory perception


[ U ] ( formal ) the ability to understand the true nature of sth

SYN insight :

She showed great perception in her assessment of the family situation.


[ U , C ] perception (that ... ) ( formal ) an idea, a belief or an image you have as a result of how you see or understand sth :

a campaign to change public perception of the police

There is a general public perception that standards in schools are falling.



late Middle English : from Latin perceptio(n-) , from the verb percipere seize, understand, from per- entirely + capere take.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.