1) To become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses.
M.E. perceiven, from Anglo-Fr. *perceivre, from O.Fr. percoivre "perceive, notice, see; understand," from L. percipere "obtain, seize entirely, take possession of," from L. → per- "thoroughly" + capere "to take," → concept.
&ACIRC;gertidan, from â- intensive prefix + gertidan "to take, seize," → concept.