private investigator noun
: someone who works as a detective and who is not a member of a police force
: a person not a member of a police force who is licensed to do detective work (as investigation of suspected wrongdoing or searching for missing persons)
Examples of PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR
- She hired a private investigator to follow her husband.
- <the retired policeman decided to become a private investigator>
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Related to PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR
- dick, gumshoe, hawkshaw, investigator, operative, private detective, private eye, detective, shamus [slang], sherlock, sleuth, sleuthhound
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