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Meaning of DETECT

Pronunciation:  di'tekt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"

DETECT is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: discover, find, notice, observe
 See Also: catch out, find out, instantiate, see, sense, sight, trace



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*tect"\ (d[-e]*t[e^]kt"), a. [L. detectus, p. p. of
    detegere to uncover, detect; de + tegere to cover. See
    Detected. [Obs.] --Fabyan.
  2. \De*tect"\ (d[-e]*t[e^]kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Detected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Detecting}.]
    1. To uncover; to discover; to find out; to bring to light;
       as, to detect a crime or a criminal; to detect a mistake
       in an account.
             Plain good intention . . . is as easily discovered
             at the first view, as fraud is surely detected at
             last.                                 --Burke.
             Like following life through creatures you dissect,
             You lose it in the moment you detect. --Pope.
    2. To inform against; to accuse. [Obs.]
             He was untruly judged to have preached such articles
             as he was detected of.                --Sir T. More.
    Syn: To discover; find out; lay bare; expose.
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