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1. Correctly depicting three-dimensional space on a flat surface, as in artwork. That box in the background of your painting doesn't look like it's in perspective to me.
2. With an awareness of something's true value, importance, or significance. Seeing the devastation caused by a natural disaster like that really puts our petty gripes and problems in perspective, doesn't it? You don't think it's that big a deal? Well, let me get it in perspective for you: each of us will get 10 years in prison if we're caught.
within a reasonable view or appraisal. (*Typically: be ~; get something ~; have something ~; put something [into] ~.) Let's try to keep everything in perspective. If we put the matter into perspective, I think we can discuss it reasonably.