Translation of detect in Spanish:

detect

Pronunciation: /dɪˈtekt/

vt

  • 1.1 (notice, perceive) [object/substance] detectar they detected the presence of … detectaron la presencia de …, se advirtió la presencia de … I detected a note of sarcasm in his voice noté cierto tonillo sarcástico en su voz
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    • 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.
    1.2 (discover) [crime/criminal] descubrir*
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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