comprehend vs perceive what difference

what is difference between comprehend and perceive

English

Etymology

From Middle English comprehenden, from Latin comprehendere (to grasp), from the prefix com- + prehendere (to seize).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kɒmpɹɪˈhɛnd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kɑmpɹɪˈhɛnd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnd

Verb

comprehend (third-person singular simple present comprehends, present participle comprehending, simple past and past participle comprehended)

  1. (now rare) To include, comprise; to contain. [from 14th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.1:
      And lothly mouth, unmeete a mouth to bee, / That nought but gall and venim comprehended […].
    • 1776, Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Penguin 2009, p. 9:
      In the second century of the Christian Æra, the empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilized portion of mankind.
  2. To understand or grasp fully and thoroughly. [from 14th c.]

Related terms

Translations


French

Verb

comprehend

  1. third-person singular present indicative of comprehendre


English

Alternative forms

  • perceave (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English perceiven, borrowed from Old French percevoir, perceveir, from Latin percipiō, past participle perceptus (take hold of, obtain, receive, observe), from per (by, through) + capiō (to take); see capable. Compare conceive, deceive, receive.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pəˈsiːv/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /pɚˈsiv/
  • Rhymes: -iːv
  • Hyphenation: per‧ceive

Verb

perceive (third-person singular simple present perceives, present participle perceiving, simple past and past participle perceived)

  1. (transitive) To become aware of, through the physical senses or by thinking; to see; to understand.

Synonyms

  • ken

Related terms

  • perception
  • percept

Translations

References

  • perceive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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