detect

de|tect
W3 [dıˈtekt] v [T]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: detectus, past participle of detegere 'to uncover']
to notice or discover something, especially something that is not easy to see, hear etc
Many forms of cancer can be cured if detected early.
difficult/impossible/easy/possible etc to detect
detect a change/difference
Dan detected a change in her mood.
detect a note of sarcasm/irony/excitement etc
Do I detect a note of sarcasm in your voice?
>detectable adj

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Detect — De*tect (d[ e]*t[e^]kt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Detected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Detecting}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Plain good… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Detect — De*tect (d[ e]*t[e^]kt ), a. [L. detectus, p. p. of detegere to uncover, detect; de + tegere to cover. See {Tegument}.] Detected. [Obs.] Fabyan. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • detect — I verb be conscious of, become aware of, behold, bring to light, decipher, deduce, descry, determine, diagnose, diagnosticate, discern, discover, disinter, distinguish, divine, educe, espy, expose, extract, feel, ferret out, find, find out, gain… …   Law dictionary

  • detect — [dē tekt′, ditekt′] vt. [ME detecten < L detectus, pp. of detegere, to uncover < de , from + tegere, to cover: see THATCH] 1. to catch or discover, as in a misdeed 2. to discover or manage to perceive (something hidden or not easily… …   English World dictionary

  • detect — early 15c., from L. detectus, pp. of detegere uncover, expose, figuratively discover, reveal, disclose, from de un , off (see DE (Cf. de )) + tegere to cover (see STEGOSAURUS (Cf. stegosaurus)). Related: Detected; detecting …   Etymology dictionary

  • detect — [v] discover ascertain, catch, descry, dig up*, disclose, distinguish, encounter, espy, expose, find, hit on*, hit upon*, identify, meet, meet with, nose out*, note, notice, observe, recognize, reveal, scent, see, smell out*, smoke out*, spot,… …   New thesaurus

  • detect — ► VERB 1) discover the presence or existence of. 2) discover or investigate (a crime or its perpetrators). 3) notice (something intangible or barely perceptible). DERIVATIVES detectable adjective detectably adverb detection noun …   English terms dictionary

  • detect — 01. Grandma said she was feeling okay, but I think I could [detect] a bit of depression in the way she was speaking. 02. Some diseases are [detectable] at birth, and can be dealt with right away. 03. The early [detection] of skin cancer has saved …   Grammatical examples in English

  • detect — verb ADVERB ▪ early, late ▪ Some cancers can now be cured if they are detected early. ▪ quickly, rapidly ▪ automatically ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • detect — [[t]dɪte̱kt[/t]] detects, detecting, detected 1) VERB To detect something means to find it or discover that it is present somewhere by using equipment or making an investigation. [V n] ...a sensitive piece of equipment used to detect radiation …   English dictionary

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