detective


1de·tec·tive

adjective \di-ˈtek-tiv\

: done in order to find out hidden or unknown information

: of or relating to crimes and detectives

Full Definition of DETECTIVE

1
:  fitted for or used in detecting something <had perfected his detective sensibilities>
2
:  of or relating to detectives or their work <a detective novel>
de·tec·tive·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of DETECTIVE

  1. We had to do some detective work to find out who used to own the property.
  2. He enjoys reading detective novels.

First Known Use of DETECTIVE

1732

2detective

noun

: 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

Full Definition of DETECTIVE

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

Examples of DETECTIVE

  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.

First Known Use of DETECTIVE

1849

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