Detect meaning

dĭ-tĕkt
To learn something hidden and often improper about.

Detected the manager in a lie.

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To detect is defined as to uncover or sense something previously hidden.

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.

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To discover or ascertain the existence, presence, or fact of.
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To discern (something hidden or subtle).

Detected a note of sarcasm in the remark.

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(electronics) To demodulate.
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To catch or discover, as in a misdeed.
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To discover or manage to perceive (something hidden or not easily noticed)

To detect a flaw in an argument.

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(obsolete) Detected.

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(obs.) To uncover; reveal.
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Origin of detect

  • Middle English detecten from Latin dētegere dētēct- to uncover dē- de- tegere to cover (s)teg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin detectus, perfect passive participle of detegere (“to uncover or disclose”), from de- + tegere (“to cover”); see tegument, tile, thatch

    From Wiktionary