Definitions: (verb) If you detect something, you use your senses to find or notice it.
Examples: (verb) The chemical has been detected in lakes and rivers, in fish and birds, and in human breast milk. (verb) These animals have a smell that even a human nose can easily detect. (verb) Some insects can detect changes in temperature as small as 0.003 degrees Celsius.
Synonyms: verbs: discover, catch, identify.
Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 8 A