WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
per•cep•tion /pɚˈsɛpʃən/USA pronunciation n. 

    the act or ability of perceiving: [uncountable]my perception of her hostility; demonstrated keen perception in their ability to solve problems;
    depth perception. [countable] Perceptions change when you get to know people better.
See -cep-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

perception /pəˈsɛpʃən/ n
  1. the act or the effect of perceiving
  2. insight or intuition gained by perceiving
  3. the ability or capacity to perceive
  4. way of perceiving; awareness or consciousness; view: advertising affects the customer's perception of a product
  5. the process by which an organism detects and interprets information from the external world by means of the sensory receptors
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin perceptiō comprehension; see perceive

perˈceptional adj

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