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 for perceive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Perceive \Per*ceive"\ (p[~e]r*s[=e]v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Perceived (p[~e]r*s[=e]vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Perceiving.]
     [OF. percevoir, perceveir, L. percipere, perceptum; per (see
     Per-) + capere to take, receive. See Capacious, and cf.
     1. To obtain knowledge of through the senses; to receive
        impressions from by means of the bodily organs; to take
        cognizance of the existence, character, or identity of, by
        means of the senses; to see, hear, or feel; as, to
        perceive a distant ship; to perceive a discord. --Reid.
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     2. To take intellectual cognizance of; to apprehend by the
        mind; to be convinced of by direct intuition; to note; to
        remark; to discern; to see; to understand.
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              Jesus perceived their wickedness.     --Matt. xxii.
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              You may, fair lady,
              Perceive I speak sincerely.           --Shak.
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              Till we ourselves see it with our own eyes, and
              perceive it by our own understandings, we are still
              in the dark.                          --Locke.
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     3. To be affected of influented by. [R.]
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              The upper regions of the air perceive the collection
              of the matter of tempests before the air here below.
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     Syn: To discern; distinguish; observe; see; feel; know;
     Usage: To Perceive, Discern. To perceive a thing is to
            apprehend it as presented to the senses or the
            intellect; to discern is to mark differences, or to
            see a thing as distinguished from others around it. We
            may perceive two persons afar off without being able
            to discern whether they are men or women. Hence,
            discern is often used of an act of the senses or the
            mind involving close, discriminating, analytical
            attention. We perceive that which is clear or obvious;
            we discern that which requires much attention to get
            an idea of it. "We perceive light, darkness, colors,
            or the truth or falsehood of anything. We discern
            characters, motives, the tendency and consequences of
            actions, etc." --Crabb.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive
           the ship coming over the horizon" [syn: perceive,
      2: become conscious of; "She finally perceived the futility of
         her protest"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "perceive":
     appreciate, apprehend, ascertain, be acquainted with,
     be apprised of, be aware of, be cognizant of, be conscious of,
     be conversant with, be informed, be sensible of, behold, believe,
     catch on, catch sight of, clap eyes on, cognize, come alive,
     comprehend, conceive, conceptualize, conclude, consider,
     contemplate, decipher, deduce, deem, descry, detect, determine,
     dig, discern, discover, distinguish, divine, espy, experience,
     fathom, feel, feel deeply, figure out, gather, glimpse, grasp,
     have, have a sensation, have in sight, have information about,
     have knowledge of, hear, identify, infer, judge, ken, know,
     lay eyes on, look on, look upon, make out, mark, mind, note,
     notice, observe, penetrate, pick out, pick up, pierce, plumb,
     possess, prehend, realize, receive an impression, recognize,
     regard, remark, respond, respond to stimuli, savvy, see,
     see daylight, see into, see the light, see through, seize, sense,
     sight, signal, smell, spot, spy, take, take in, taste, think,
     touch, twig, understand, view, witness, wot, wot of

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