De·tect v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detected; p. pr. & vb. n. Detecting.]
1. To uncover; to discover; to find out; to bring to light; as, to detect a crime or a criminal; to detect a mistake in an account.
Plain good intention . . . is as easily discovered at the first view, as fraud is surely detected at last. --Burke.
Like following life through creatures you dissect,
You lose it in the moment you detect. --Pope.
2. To inform against; to accuse. [Obs.]
He was untruly judged to have preached such articles as he was detected of. --Sir T. More.
Syn: -- To discover; find out; lay bare; expose.
n : a police investigation to determine the perpetrator;
"detection is hard on the feet" [syn: detection, detective