perception Definition

  • 1the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses
  • 2the way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted

Using perception: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "perception" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    His perception of the situation was different from mine.

  • Example

    The artist's work challenges our perceptions of reality.

  • Example

    The company wants to improve its public perception.

perception Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using perception

  • in someone's perception

    according to how someone sees or understands something


    In his perception, the project was a success, but others disagreed.

  • something that is subjective and can be interpreted differently by different people


    Whether the movie is good or bad is a matter of perception.

  • change someone's perception

    to cause someone to see or understand something differently


    The new evidence changed his perception of the case.

Phrases with perception

  • a communication technique used to confirm one's understanding of another person's words or behavior


    I want to do a perception check to make sure I understand what you're saying.

  • the tendency to selectively interpret what one sees based on one's interests, expectations, experience, and attitudes


    His selective perception led him to only see evidence that supported his beliefs.

  • the supposed ability to perceive things beyond the normal range of sensory perception, such as telepathy or clairvoyance


    Some people claim to have extrasensory perception, but there is no scientific evidence to support it.

Origins of perception

from Latin 'perceptio', meaning 'receiving, collecting'


Summary: perception in Brief

The term 'perception' [pərˈsɛpʃən] refers to the ability to sense or become aware of something, or the interpretation of something based on one's understanding. It can describe how someone sees a situation or how something is regarded. Examples include 'His perception of the situation was different from mine,' and 'The company wants to improve its public perception.' Phrases like 'perception check' and idioms like 'a matter of perception' demonstrate the subjectivity of perception.

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