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private investigator

noun

: someone who works as a detective and who is not a member of a police force

Full Definition of PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

:  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

  1. She hired a private investigator to follow her husband.
  2. <the retired policeman decided to become a private investigator>

First Known Use of PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

1940

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