Definition of detection in English:


Line breaks: de|tec¦tion
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).

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