Detect and Tell


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Detect verb – To come upon after searching, study, or effort.
Tell and detect are semantically related in recognise topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Detect", when it comes to topics like identify.
Nearby Words: detection, detective, detectable, detected, detecting
Synonyms for Detect


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Detect and tell are semantically related in recognise topic. Sometimes you can use "Detect" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as identify.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

person detect person tell person
character detect character tell character
people detect people tell people
truth detect truth tell truth
Other nouns: someone, characters, location, anyone, lies.

Both words in one sentence

  • Video Game / Batman: Arkham Asylum Everything Sensor: Detective mode, see enemies though walls, tell you if they have guns or not, isolate DNA and chemical traces, track finger prints of a certain age, identify weak walls, grapple surfaces, control boxes and air vent covers, detect shapeshifting clay monsters.
  • The Oversoul tells Shedemei that he can detect that he's alive and whole... as far as it can tell by his brainwave patterns, he's screaming in pain.
  • For example, this allows him to detect that Raven is a portal-creator even though she has no obvious tell.
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