Espy and Perceive


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Espy verb – To make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes.
Usage example: out of the corner of my eye I espied the squirrel making another raid on the bird feeder

Perceive is a synonym for espy in catch sight of topic. In some cases you can use "Perceive" instead a verb "Espy".
Synonyms for Espy


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Perceive verb – To have a vague awareness of.
Usage example: I thought I perceived a problem, but I wasn't sure

Espy is a synonym for perceive in notice topic. You can use "Espy" instead a verb "Perceive", if it concerns topics such as see, catch sight of.
Nearby Words: perception, perceptive, perceiving, perceived, percept
Synonyms for Perceive
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