detect verb

ADV. early, late A lot of cancers can now be cured if they are detected early. | quickly | easily, readily Some substances can be detected fairly easily. | accurately

VERB + DETECT be able to, be sensitive enough to, can a machine that is sensitive enough to detect tiny amounts of explosives | be unable to | be designed to | fail to The test failed to detect any illegal substances. | be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to | be easy to, be possible to | be used to

PHRASES be capable of detecting sth, a means/method/way of detecting sth