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detect

[dih-tekt] /dɪˈtɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to discover or catch (a person) in the performance of some act:
to detect someone cheating.
2.
to discover the existence of:
to detect the odor of gas.
3.
to find out the true character or activity of:
to detect a spy.
4.
Telecommunications.
  1. to rectify alternating signal currents in a radio receiver.
  2. to demodulate.
Origin of detect
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin dētēctus (past participle of dētegere), equivalent to dē- de- + teg(ere) to cover + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
detectable, detectible, adjective
detectability, detectibility, noun
predetect, verb (used with object)
undetectable, adjective
undetectably, adverb
undetected, adjective
undetectible, adjective
Synonym Study
2. See learn.
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  • It is detectable in every utterance of theirs when they are talking about us.

  • "Here," Tip answered, in a detectable imitation of Schroeder's voice.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Then suddenly—for no detectable reason—conditions are reversed.

    Disturbing Sun Robert Shirley Richardson
  • "We can always depend on Johnny," said Paresi with no detectable emphasis at all.

    Breaking Point James E. Gunn
  • Five miles of uncomfortable travel lay between them and Camp One, but its discomforts were not detectable by them.

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for detectable

detect

/dɪˈtɛkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to perceive or notice: to detect a note of sarcasm
2.
to discover the existence or presence of (esp something likely to elude observation): to detect alcohol in the blood
3.
to extract information from (an electromagnetic wave)
4.
(obsolete) to reveal or expose (a crime, criminal, etc)
Derived Forms
detectable, detectible, adjective
detecter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dētectus uncovered, from dētegere to uncover, from de- + tegere to cover
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Word Origin and History for detectable

detect

v.

early 15c., from Latin detectus, past participle of detegere "uncover, expose," figuratively "discover, reveal, disclose," from de- "un-, off" (see de-) + tegere "to cover" (see stegosaurus). Related: Detected; detecting.

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