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
Examples of detect
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 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
Rhymes with detect
abject, advect, affect, aspect, bisect, cathect, collect, confect, connect, convect, correct, cowl-necked, defect, deflect, deject, direct, Dordrecht, effect, eject, elect, erect, ewe-necked, expect, goosenecked, infect, inflect, inject, insect, inspect, neglect, object, pandect, porrect, prefect, prelect, project, prospect, protect, refect, reflect, reject, resect, respect, ring-necked, roll-necked, select, stiff-necked, subject, suspect, traject, transect, trisect, Utrecht, V-necked
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