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detective

adjective de·tec·tive \ di-ˈtek-tiv \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

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.

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First Known Use of detective

1732


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detective

noun

Definition of detective

: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.

Recent Examples of detective from the Web

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First Known Use of detective

1849


DETECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

detective

adjective

Definition of detective for English Language Learners

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

  • : of or relating to crimes and detectives


detective

noun

Definition of detective for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DETECTIVE Defined for Kids

detective

noun de·tec·tive \ di-ˈtek-tiv \

Definition of detective for Students

1 :a police officerwho investigates crimes and catches criminals
2 :a person whose job is to find information about someone or something

Law Dictionary

detective

noun de·tec·tive

legal Definition of detective

: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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