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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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When perceiving social exclusion, they will seek to have social resources under control while reducing social exclusion.
Women perceiving high control and doing more problem-focused coping reported lower anxiety than did women doing comparable coping but perceiving lower control.
To test Hypothesis 2 that women perceiving less control will do relatively more emotion-focused coping, the two variables were correlated, yielding an r = -.20, p < .05.
"What I'm showing is that our cognitive limitations help us to detect regularities in the world, even if we pay a price by sometimes perceiving positive correlations that don't exist," Kareev holds.
On the contrary, for Berkeley, as for Johnson, the active, creative mind continuously shapes and reshapes the world by perceiving it.
This perceiving, active being is what I call mind, spirit, soul or myself.
The labels Judging and Perceiving describe how you organize your life.
Given the positive correlations we present, it stands to reason that if Superintendent Schumacher can move teachers' beliefs toward perceiving Piedmont leaders as making decisions more collaboratively, teachers will view themselves as more influential in decision making.
On the other hand, the success of 6-month-olds in perceiving pelog scales challenges the assumption of many music theorists that Western scales are inherently easier for the brain to process because they rely on mathematically simpler relationships between the frequencies of musical notes.
Keirsey and Bates researched results from the Myers-Briggs inventory and determined that certain classifications could be made: sensate perceiving (SP), sensate judging (SJ), intuitive thinker (NT), and intuitive feeler (NF).