detect

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Detect is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Verb[change]

Plain form
detect

Third-person singular
detects

Past tense
detected

Past participle
detected

Present participle
detecting

  1. (transitive) If you detect something, you use your senses to find or notice it.
    Some insects can detect changes in temperature as small as 0.003 degrees Celsius.
    These animals have a smell that even a human nose can easily detect.
    The chemical has been detected in lakes and rivers, in fish and birds, and in human breast milk.
    Our instruments are not sensitive enough to detect it.

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