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English noun: perception

1. perception (cognition) the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

Synonymspercept, perceptual experience

Broader (hypernym)internal representation, mental representation, representation

Narrower (hyponym)figure, ground, visual image, visual percept

Part holonymform, pattern, shape

2. perception (cognition) a way of conceiving something

SamplesLuther had a new perception of the Bible.

Broader (hypernym)conceptualisation, conceptuality, conceptualization

3. perception (cognition) the process of perceiving

Broader (hypernym)basic cognitive process

Narrower (hyponym)aesthesis, auditory perception, beholding, constancy, detection, esthesis, feeling, perceptual constancy, seeing, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression, sensing, somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia, sound perception, tactile sensation, tactual sensation, touch, touch sensation, visual perception

4. perception (cognition) knowledge gained by perceiving

SamplesA man admired for the depth of his perception.

Broader (hypernym)cognition, knowledge, noesis

Narrower (hyponym)cognizance, discernment, insight, penetration, perceptiveness

5. perception (act) becoming aware of something via the senses


Broader (hypernym)sensory activity

Narrower (hyponym)hearing, lipreading, listening, look, looking, looking at, smell, smelling, taste, tasting

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