Definition of detect in English:
- As soon as the immune system detects the presence of a pathogen it mounts a response to kill it, which is highly successful in most cases in healthy people.
- In truth, she had thought that they would have detected each other's presence sooner.
- If he detects the presence of drugs on someone we could then go ahead and search them.
- The system had to be radically reformed to detect murder, medical error and neglect.
- We want to prevent the crimes and detect those that have already been committed.
- Even the fact that there is the ability to detect murder before it is committed is a complex issue.
- Mr Hutchence says staff first detected a faint smell the day before - but on Wednesday it was much stronger.
- I could barely detect the horseradish in the creamy bed of mashed potato, a more generous grating would have perked it up.
- She fancied for a moment that she could detect the faint rusty smell of hot steel.
late Middle English: from Latin detect- 'uncovered', from the verb detegere, from de- (expressing reversal) + tegere 'to cover'. The original senses were 'uncover, expose' and 'give someone away', later 'expose the real or hidden nature of something or someone'; hence the current senses (partly influenced by detective).
- Example sentences
- Without faith of some sort, life is a constant bafflement, apparently devoid of any detectable meaning.
- Despite the wall presenting an obvious and easily detectable hazard, no action was taken to make it safe.
- In all the photos and bits of film I've ever seen of her, there's never been a speck of dust detectable on her person.
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