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dɪˈtɛktde·tect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detect, observe, find, discover, noticeverb

    discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

    "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"

Wiktionary

  1. detectverb

    to discover or find by careful search, examination, or probing

    Etymology: From detectus, perfect passive participle of detegere, from de- + tegere; see tegument, tile, thatch

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detectadjective

    detected

    Etymology: [L. detectus, p. p. of detegere to uncover, detect; de + tegere to cover. See Tegument.]

  2. Detectverb

    to uncover; to discover; to find out; to bring to light; as, to detect a crime or a criminal; to detect a mistake in an account

    Etymology: [L. detectus, p. p. of detegere to uncover, detect; de + tegere to cover. See Tegument.]

  3. Detectverb

    to inform against; to accuse

    Etymology: [L. detectus, p. p. of detegere to uncover, detect; de + tegere to cover. See Tegument.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Detect

    de-tekt′, v.t. (lit.) to uncover—hence to discover: to find out.—adjs. Detect′able, Detect′ible.—ns. Detect′er, -or, one who detects: an apparatus for detecting something, as a detector-lock, which shows if it has been tampered with; Detec′tion, discovery of something hidden: state of being found out.—adj. Detect′ive, employed in detecting.—n. a policeman employed in the investigation of special cases of crime, or in watching special classes of wrong-doers, usually not in uniform.—Private detective, one employed by a private person to gain information, or to watch his interests. [L. detectum, detegĕrede, neg., and tegĕre, tectum, to cover.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detect in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of detect in a Sentence

  1. George Carlin:

    I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect.

  2. Circulating Cell-free Genome Atlas:

    The Galleri blood test is a test that might be able to detect cancer in the blood in individuals with early cancer, though the evidence that it does this effectively is weak, the NHS should not be investing in such a test before The NHS has been adequately evaluated in well-conducted, large-scale clinical trials.

  3. Mats Olsson:

    People should be able to detect when someone is contagious.

  4. Laurent Chapon:

    We... shine very intense light through (the scroll) and then detect on the other side a number of two-dimensional images. From that we reconstruct a three-dimensional volume of the object... to actually read the text in a non-destructive manner.

  5. Erikka Loftfield:

    Since the majority of coffee drinkers in our study primarily drank caffeinated coffee, we had better statistical power to detect an association for caffeinated than for decaffeinated coffee drinking.

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