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Meaning of DETECT

Pronunciation:  di'tekt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[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
 
 Definition: 
  1. \De*tect"\ (d[-e]*t[e^]kt"), a. [L. detectus, p. p. of
    detegere to uncover, detect; de + tegere to cover. See
    {Tegument}.]
    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.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: ascertain, catch, descry, determine, dig up, discern, discover, distinguish, encounter, espy, feel, find, find out, hit, identify, locate, make out, note, notice, observe, perceive, pick up, read, recognize, scent, see, sense, smell, spot, spy, uncover, unearth
 

 

 

 

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