private investigator

noun

Definition of private investigator

  1. :  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

First Known Use of private investigator

1940


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

  1. :  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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