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detective

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adjective de·tec·tive \di-ˈtek-tiv\

Simple Definition of detective

  • : done in order to find out hidden or unknown information

  • : of or relating to crimes and detectives

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of detective

  1. 1 :  fitted for or used in detecting something <had perfected his detective sensibilities>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to detectives or their work <a detective novel>

detectivelike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of detective in a sentence

  1. We had to do some detective work to find out who used to own the property.

  2. He enjoys reading detective novels.



1732

First Known Use of detective

1732


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detective

noun de·tec·tive

Simple Definition of detective

  • : a police officer whose job is to find information about crimes that have occurred and to catch criminals

  • : a person whose job is to find information about something or someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of detective

  1. :  one employed or engaged in detecting lawbreakers or in getting information that is not readily or publicly accessible

Examples of detective in a sentence

  1. She is a detective on the police force.

  2. Detective Sgt. Lee is working on the case.

  3. She hired a detective to follow her husband.



1849

First Known Use of detective

1849


DETECTIVE Defined for Kids

detective

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noun de·tec·tive \di-ˈtek-tiv\

Definition of detective for Students

  1. 1 :  a police officerwho investigates crimes and catches criminals

  2. 2 :  a person whose job is to find information about someone or something




Law Dictionary

detective

noun de·tec·tive

Legal Definition of detective

  1. :  a person engaged or employed in detecting lawbreakers or in getting information that is not readily or publicly accessible <a police detective> <hired a private detective>





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