Apperceive



to have conscious perception of; comprehend.
to comprehend (a new idea) by assimilation with the sum of one’s previous knowledge and experience.
Historical Examples

From my perception, then, of hoof or sound I apperceive cow.
Applied Psychology for Nurses Mary F. Porter

Spirits say they know such by their coldness, and that when they apperceive the cold they depart from them.
Earths In Our Solar System Which Are Called Planets, and Earths In The Starry Heaven Their Inhabitants, And The Spirits And Angels There Emanuel Swedenborg

Then the queen departed into her chamber so that no man should apperceive her great sorrows.
Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series) Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed

The housewife may apperceive old rags as something to be thrown away; a ragpicker, as something to be gathered up.
The Psychology of Salesmanship William Walker Atkinson

On the contrary, they apperceive every experience and assign it to its place.
The Meaning of Truth William James

It was given me also to apperceive the character of their internal respiration.
Earths In Our Solar System Which Are Called Planets, and Earths In The Starry Heaven Their Inhabitants, And The Spirits And Angels There Emanuel Swedenborg

In this manner we accept the forms imposed upon us by utility, and train ourselves to apperceive their potential beauty.
The Sense of Beauty George Santayana

verb (transitive)
to be aware of perceiving
(psychol) to comprehend by assimilating (a perception) to ideas already in the mind
v.

c.1300, from Old French apercevoir (see apperception). In modern psychological use, a back-formation from apperception. Related: Apperceived; apperceiving.

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