What does detect mean?

Definitions for detect
dɪˈtɛktde·tect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detect, observe, find, discover, notice(verb)

    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. detect(Verb)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detect(adj)

    detected

  2. Detect(verb)

    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

  3. Detect(verb)

    to inform against; to accuse

  4. Origin: [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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'detect' in Verbs Frequency: #526

Numerology

  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. Mats Olsson:

    People should be able to detect when someone is contagious.

  2. Dean Sherzai:

    This is important because the earlier you detect this disease.

  3. Alvaro Acosta-Serrano:

    If we don't detect it in time, they will continue spreading the disease.

  4. Ted Morgan:

    It's a lot easier than it is to detect other types of institutional flow.

  5. Helen Anderson:

    The baby has a very sensitive palette so they can detect those small changes.

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