Simple Definition of detect
: to discover or notice the presence of (something that is hidden or hard to see, hear, taste, etc.)
Full Definition of detect
detectabilityplay \-ˌtek-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
detectableplay \-ˈtek-tə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of detect in a sentence
The test is used to detect the presence of alcohol in the blood.
This type of cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages.
Origin and Etymology of detect
Middle English, from Latin detectus, past participle of detegere to uncover, detect, from de- + tegere to cover — more at thatch
First Known Use: 1574
DETECT Defined for Kids
Definition of detect for Students
: to learn that something or someone is or was there <detect smoke>
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