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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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detect(adj)

    detected

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

  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

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

  3. Detect(verb)

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

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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. Nick Bennett:

    Cyberattacks like this - sophisticated, difficult to detect and often linked to international threat actors - are the new normal, no company or organization is immune.

  2. Tod Beardsley:

    A small footprint is much more difficult to detect, since thepatterns resulting from the fraudtake longer to materialize.

  3. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    Our own faults are those we are the first to detect, and the last to forgive, in others.

  4. Rolf Bulander:

    Thanks to onboard sensors, vehicles can detect a free parking space and cars can report the position and size of the gap.

  5. Melinda Wilkins:

    So this accusation of finding human DNA in there, you can detect a very small amount, but they're not quantifying the amount. It could be just a few cells versus a percentage content. the whole issue of food adulteration is starting to become a really hot area right now, and I think a lot of people became aware of the issue in meat fairly recently.

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