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detect

verb [T]    /dɪˈtekt/
to notice something that is partly hidden or not clear or to discover something, esp. using a special method: Some sounds cannot be detected by the human ear. X-ray procedures can detect a tumor when it is still small. detectable    /dɪˈtek·tə·bəl/ adjective There has been no detectable change in the patient’s condition. detection    /dɪˈtek·ʃən/ noun [U] These tests can result in the early detection of disease. detector    /dɪˈtek·tər/ noun [C] Motion detectors help monitor elderly residents who live alone.
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