detect

verb
de·​tect | \ di-ˈtekt How to pronounce detect (audio) , dē-\
detected; detecting; detects

Definition of detect

transitive verb

1 : to discover the true character of detecting drug smugglers
2 : to discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of detect alcohol in the blood Do I detect a note of sarcasm in your voice?

intransitive verb

: to work as a detective

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Other Words from detect

detectability \ di-​ˌtek-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce detectability (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
detectable \ di-​ˈtek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce detectable (audio) , dē-​ \ 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.

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Second, the requirements for detecting and investigating and reporting cases can vary across jurisdictions. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "CDC releases warning for 'crypto' fecal parasite in swimming pools," 1 July 2019 After detecting an unusual spike in energy consumption, Iranian authorities seized nearly a thousand computers being used to mine cryptocurrency, according to the country’s state media. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Iran seized nearly a thousand computers used to illegally mine Bitcoin," 30 June 2019 Since the mid-1990s, Jason has studied biotechnologies, including techniques for detecting biological weapons. Ann Finkbeiner, Science | AAAS, "Jason—a secretive group of Cold War science advisers—is fighting to survive in the 21st century," 27 June 2019 Acutus also partnered with Peerbridge Health to offer a wireless system called the Peerbridge Cor for detecting cardiac arrhythmias. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cardiac device maker gets $170 million financing," 20 June 2019 Rapid ear movements now appear to be another such counterintuitive technique: the constant signal a bat emits is good for detecting the presence of an insect, Kuc says, but not necessarily for precisely locating it. Richard Conniff, Scientific American, "In the Wiggle of an Ear, a Surprising Insight into Bat Sonar," 17 June 2019 Teva Pharmaceuticals this week expanded its recall of losartan potassium tablets after detecting a possible human carcinogen in the blood pressure medication. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Blood pressure drug recall: Teva pulls losartan tablets tainted with possible carcinogen," 13 June 2019 It's generally accepted that across vertebrae species, cones are responsible for color vision and rods for detecting brightness in dim conditions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Some Fish Can See in Color at 5,000 Feet Below Sea Level," 10 May 2019 To do computer vision — allowing a computer to identify things in pictures and video — researchers wrote algorithms for detecting edges. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of detect

1574, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for detect

Middle English, from Latin detectus, past participle of detegere to uncover, detect, from de- + tegere to cover — more at thatch

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detect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of detect

: to discover or notice the presence of (something that is hidden or hard to see, hear, taste, etc.)

detect

verb
de·​tect | \ di-ˈtekt How to pronounce detect (audio) \
detected; detecting

Kids Definition of detect

: to learn that something or someone is or was there detect smoke

Other Words from detect

detector \ -​ˈtek-​tər \ noun

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