|Origin:||perspectiva, from perspectivus 'of sight', from Latin perspicere 'to look through, see clearly'|
a way of thinking about something, especially one which is influenced by the type of person you are or by your experiences [↪ viewpoint]
His father's death gave him a whole new perspective on life.
from somebody's perspective
The novel is written from a child's perspective.
from a feminist/Christian/global etc perspective
We have to look at everything from an international perspective.
a much-needed historical perspective
Our work in Uganda and Romania adds a wider perspective.
a sensible way of judging and comparing situations so that you do not imagine that something is more serious than it really is:
I think Viv's lost all sense of perspective.
The figures have to be put into perspective.
get/keep something in perspective (=judge the importance of something correctly)
a method of drawing a picture that makes objects look solid and shows distance and depth, or the effect this method produces in a picture:
the artist's use of perspective
4 [countable] formal
a view, especially one in which you can see a long way into the distance