Definition of detect in English:


Line breaks: de¦tect
Pronunciation: /dɪˈtɛkt


[with object]



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  • 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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  • Background air quality is already detectably worse in Europe.
  • These authors, however, observed that thymine glycol was not detectably mutagenic in double-stranded DNA.
  • Neither blade's sharpness was detectably affected after numerous slashes.


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'; hence the current (partly influenced by detective).

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