Pronunciation: (ap"ur-sēv'), [key]
—v.t., -ceived, -ceiv•ing. Psychol.
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.
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