Definition of detection in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈtɛkʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of identifying the presence of something concealed: the early detection of fetal abnormalities
More example sentences
  • There should be an effective treatment or intervention for patients identified through early detection.
  • Other property owners, tenants or landlords have failed to provide any smoke or fire detection systems.
  • Prostate cancer presents major challenges for early detection through screening.
observation, noticing, noting, discernment, perception, spotting, awareness, recognition, distinguishing, identification, diagnosis;
sensing, sight, smelling, tasting
1.1The work of a detective in investigating a crime: modern technology is essential to crime detection
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  • He said: ‘Operation Delivery is kicking in and there's evidence that we are down in terms of crime while detections are up.’
  • The incident came close on the heels of a series of robbery detections made by four police stations of South Mumbai early last morning.
  • He said the 10,433 drink driving detections by Gardaí last year was paltry compared to 200,000 speeding offences detected.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'revelation of what is concealed'): from late Latin detectio(n-), from Latin detegere 'uncover' (see detect).

Words that rhyme with detection

abjection, affection, circumspection, collection, complexion, confection, connection, convection, correction, defection, deflection, dejection, direction, ejection, election, genuflection, imperfection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, intersection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, predilection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, selection, subjection, transection, vivisection

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