perceive (someone or something) as (something)

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perceive (someone or something) as (something)

To regard, consider, or think of someone or something as having or exhibiting the characteristics of something. Often used in passive constructions. I know you don't perceive this issue as anything serious, but I'm warning you—it could escalate into a full-blown financial crisis! The thought of being perceived as a loser fills makes me feel worse than actually failing at something.
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perceive someone or something as something

to think of someone or something as something or as displaying certain characteristics. I perceive Randy as sort of hotheaded. We all perceive this problem as solvable.
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However, regardless of whether the reviews are positive or negative, consumers perceive them as providing useful information (Purnawirawan, De Pelsmacker, & Dens, 2012).
Conversely, girls perceived that children with disabilities required less assistance or help, but did not perceive them as interesting or as friendly.
Between 6 months and 1 year of age, infants regularly exposed to specific musical scales apparently begin to perceive them as more "music-like" than other scales, Lynch maintains.