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Definitions of detect

  1. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Detected. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. To inform against; to accuse. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To discover (something obscure); bring to light; expose; find out. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To uncover hence to discover: to find out. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To discover; find out. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To discover, as something hidden; find out; determine; disclose. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To discover or find out; to bring to light. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To find out; to discover. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. de-tekt', v.t. (lit.) to uncover--hence to discover: to find out.--adjs. DETECT'ABLE, DETECT'IBLE.--ns. DETECT'ER, -OR, one who detects: an apparatus for detecting something, as a detector-lock, which shows if it has been tampered with; DETEC'TION, discovery of something hidden: state of being found out.--adj. DETECT'IVE, employed in detecting.--n. a policeman employed in the investigation of special cases of crime, or in watching special classes of wrong-doers, usually not in uniform.--PRIVATE DETECTIVE, one employed by a private person to gain information, or to watch his interests. [L. detectum, deteg[)e]re--de, neg., and teg[)e]re, tectum, to cover.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  12. Find out (guilty person, person in doing); discover existence or presence of. Hence or cogn. detectable. a., detection, detector, nn. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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