Definitions of detect

  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To inform against; to accuse. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To discover (something obscure); bring to light; expose; find out. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To uncover hence to discover: to find out. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To discover; find out. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To discover, as something hidden; find out; determine; disclose. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To discover or find out; to bring to light. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. To find out; to discover. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for detect

  1. She said " yes," reluctantly enough, but Mrs. Maitland did not detect the reluctance; she was too pleased with herself at having thought of some way of entertaining the girl. – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  2. Right: Whom did they detect – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones