verb (used with object), ap·per·ceived, ap·per·ceiv·ing. Psychology.

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

verb (tr)

  1. to be aware of perceiving
  2. psychol to comprehend by assimilating (a perception) to ideas already in the mind

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

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