Definition of detect
- detecting drug smugglers
- detect alcohol in the blood
- Do I detect a note of sarcasm in your voice?
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.
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ascertain, descry, determine, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), find, find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), learn, locate, nose out, root (out), rout (out), rummage, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn up;
: to discover or notice the presence of (something that is hidden or hard to see, hear, taste, etc.)
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