detect
verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin detectus, past participle of detegere to uncover, detect, from de- + tegere to cover — more at thatch Date: 1574 transitive verb 1. to discover the true character of 2. to discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of <
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3. demodulate intransitive verb to work as a detectivedetectability noundetectable adjective

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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

  • 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… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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