Definitions for: Detect

[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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Synonyms: discover, find, notice, observe

See Also: catch out, find out, instantiate, see, sense, sight, trace

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