detectverb [ T ]uk /dɪˈtekt/ us /dɪˈtekt/
- The alarm should go off automatically as soon as smoke is detected.
- Many serious illnesses can be nipped in the bud if they are detected early enough.
- I thought I could detect a slight West Country accent.
- In the future, cars equipped with on-board computers will be able to detect and avoid traffic jams automatically.
- I could detect subtle variances in fragrance as we strolled through the garden.
Thesaurus: synonyms and related words
- a fishing expedition idiom
- break fresh/new ground idiom
- catch sb red-handed idiom
- happen on/upon sth/sb
- have a (good) nose for sth idiom
- have got something there idiom
- run sb/sth to ground idiom
- search sth/sb out
- sniff sth out
- sniff sth/sb out