Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To discover or ascertain the existence, presence, or fact of.
  • transitive v. To discern (something hidden or subtle): detected a note of sarcasm in the remark.
  • transitive v. To learn something hidden and often improper about: detected the manager in a lie.
  • transitive v. Electronics To demodulate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to discover or find by careful search, examination, or probing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Detected.
  • transitive v. To uncover; to discover; to find out; to bring to light
  • transitive v. To inform against; to accuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To uncover; lay bare; expose; show.
  • To discover; find out; ascertain the existence, presence, or fact of: as, to detect an error in an account; to detect the presence of arsenic.
  • To find out the action or character of; discover a fault or wrong in; unveil, as a person: as, to detect a man in the act of cheating; to detect a hypocrite.
  • To reveal the guilt or alleged guilt of; inform against; complain of; accuse.
  • Synonyms To find, ascertain, descry, make out, ferret out, penetrate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

Etymologies

Middle English detecten, from Latin dētegere, dētēct-, to uncover : dē-, de- + tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin detectus, perfect passive participle of detegere ("to uncover or disclose"), from de- + tegere ("to cover"); see tegument, tile, thatch (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And in addition the appearances in the bone, which you call detect by the sight, you should make inquiry as to all these particulars

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  • The thinly cut meat and its inconsequential roll have next to no flavor; the only taste we can detect is that of the Belgian cheese.

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  • You will probably respond by saying that what you could detect from the artifact was that true intelligence was involved at some unspecified position in the causal chain.

    Bunny and a Book

  • I went to my Firefox view encoding page and discovered that my "auto detect" is listed as off, instead of being on.

    Strange Characters (accents, not humans)

  • It's self-activated, self-starting, very hard to detect, that is spread, frankly, throughout much of the world.

    CNN Transcript Jul 16, 2007

  • Individually, components that in small amounts would be hard to detect, which is why airport security expert Rafi Ron says it would be much more effective to search for suspicious people instead of suspicious liquids.

    CNN Transcript Aug 12, 2006

  • Previous CNN investigations in Afghanistan have uncovered al Qaeda training videos and documents giving step by step instructions in using similar household and industrial chemicals to create bombs, individually, components that in small amounts, would be hard to detect, which is why airport security expert Rafi Ron says it would be much more effective to search for suspicious people instead of suspicious liquids.

    CNN Transcript Aug 10, 2006

  • Agree on detect, that is the next part of the puzzle.

    Army Rumour Service

  • The idea is to have my PC automaticall detect the PSP being connected and to run a program to be displayed on the PSP.

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  • Mammographer-in-training Naomi Rico says the best way to detect is to go to your local physician, saying, breast cancer could be a very difficult thing to feel, some won't feel it at all.

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  • He detected a smile on his girlfriend's face.

    April 14, 2007