Definition of detection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈtekʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈtekʃn//
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the process of detecting something; the fact of being detected crime prevention and detection Last year the detection rate for car theft was just 13%. Many problems, however, escape detection. Early detection of cancers is vitally important. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘revelation of what is concealed’): from late Latin detectio(n-), from Latin detegere ‘uncover’, from de- (expressing reversal) + tegere ‘to cover’.Extra examples The latest figures show falling crime detection rates. Their prey can sometimes escape detection by remaining still. radiation detection equipment the quest to improve breast cancer detection
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