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detectverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈtekt/
C1 to ​notice something that is ​partlyhidden or not ​clear, or to ​discover something, ​especially using a ​specialmethod: Some ​sounds cannot be detected by the ​humanear. Financial ​experts have detected ​signs that the ​economy is ​beginning to ​improve.C1 to ​discover something, usually using ​specialequipment: High ​levels of ​lead were detected in the ​atmosphere. Radar ​equipment is used to detect (= ​find the ​position of)enemyaircraft.

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detectable
adjective uk   us   /dɪˈtek.tə.bl̩/
There has been no detectable ​change in the patient's ​condition.
(Definition of detect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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detectverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈtekt/
to ​notice something that is ​partlyhidden or not ​clear or to ​discover something, esp. using a ​specialmethod: Some ​sounds cannot be detected by the ​humanear. X-rayprocedures can detect a ​tumor when it is still ​small.
detectable
adjective  us   /dɪˈtek·tə·bəl/
There has been no detectable ​change in the patient’s ​condition.
detection
noun [U]  us   /dɪˈtek·ʃən/
These ​tests can ​result in the early detection of ​disease.
detector
noun [C]  us   /dɪˈtek·tər/
Motion ​detectorshelpmonitorelderlyresidents who ​livealone.
(Definition of detect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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