private investigator

noun
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of private investigator

: a person not a member of a police force who is licensed to do detective work (such as investigation of suspected wrongdoing or searching for missing persons)

Examples of private investigator in a Sentence

  1. She hired a private investigator to follow her husband.

  2. the retired policeman decided to become a private investigator

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First Known Use of private investigator

1940

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PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR Defined for English Language Learners

private investigator

noun

Definition of private investigator for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

private investigator

noun

legal 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)

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