Synonyms for perceiving

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Perceiving a stranger in the wagon she paused, with a look of embarrassment.

He has been denied the gift—so precious to an artist—of perceiving the ideal.

Then, on perceiving Hyacinthe, she took possession of him and carried him off into a corner.

I said, perceiving, however, the hold I had by my further quotation given him.

The wayfarer, Perceiving the pathway to truth, Was struck with astonishment.

Madame d'Armagnac, perceiving it, spoke to her upon the subject.

He was not long in perceiving it; but love was too strong for him.

And at that moment, perceiving Claude, he darted forward and forcibly dragged him off.

Each of them turned icy cold, on perceiving that both had the same thought.

Then, perceiving the bit of shoulder, he bent down quivering, to press his lips to it.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, via Anglo-French parceif, Old North French *perceivre (Old French perçoivre) "perceive, notice, see; recognize, understand," from Latin percipere "obtain, gather, seize entirely, take possession of," also, figuratively, "to grasp with the mind, learn, comprehend," literally "to take entirely," from per "thoroughly" (see per) + capere "to grasp, take" (see capable).

Replaced Old English ongietan. Both the Latin senses were in Old French, though the primary sense of Modern French percevoir is literal, "to receive, collect" (rents, taxes, etc.), while English uses the word almost always in the metaphorical sense. Related: Perceived; perceiving.

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