- An example of detect is for a guard to see a clue that something is wrong on a security camera.
- An example of detect is to smell gas and suspect that there is a leak.
To detect is defined as to uncover or sense something previously hidden.
- to catch or discover, as in a misdeed
- to discover or manage to perceive (something hidden or not easily noticed): to detect a flaw in an argument
- rectify (sense )
- Obs. to uncover; reveal
Origin of detectMiddle English detecten from Classical Latin detectus, past participle of detegere, to uncover from de-, from + tegere, to cover: see thatch
transitive verbde·tect·ed, de·tect·ing, de·tects
- To discover or ascertain the existence, presence, or fact of.
- To discern (something hidden or subtle): detected a note of sarcasm in the remark.
- To learn something hidden and often improper about: detected the manager in a lie.
- Electronics To demodulate.
Origin of detectMiddle English detecten from Latin dētegere dētēct- to uncover dē- de- tegere to cover ; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
- de·tect′a·ble de·tect′i·ble
(third-person singular simple present detects, present participle detecting, simple past and past participle detected)
- (obsolete) Detected.