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Definition of "detect" []

  • To discover or ascertain the existence, presence, or fact of. (verb-transitive)
  • To discern (something hidden or subtle): detected a note of sarcasm in the remark. (verb-transitive)
  • To learn something hidden and often improper about: detected the manager in a lie. (verb-transitive)
  • Electronics To demodulate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "detect" in a sentence
  • "And in addition the appearances in the bone, which you call detect by the sight, you should make inquiry as to all these particulars"
  • "The thinly cut meat and its inconsequential roll have next to no flavor; the only taste we can detect is that of the Belgian cheese."
  • "You will probably respond by saying that what you could detect from the artifact was that true intelligence was involved at some unspecified position in the causal chain."