private investigator


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

She hired a private investigator to follow her husband. the retired policeman decided to become a private investigator
Recent Examples on the Web The attorney later had a private investigator take photos of Lund’s house and talk to Lund’s friends, including another football player who was present at the party. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 July 2022 And David is looking for a new private investigator who specializes in missing persons cases. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 27 July 2022 Jarvis Claiborne, who works in the oil and gas industry and Renada, a private investigator, decided to walk away from their home search in June, as mortgage rates climbed above 6%. Alexis Christoforous, ABC News, 13 July 2022 To pursue its case, Inferno has hired prominent litigator Marty Singer, who said a private investigator looked into the dealings, leading to the lawsuit. Laurence Darmientostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2022 An Antioch-area man was found guilty this week of battery for confronting and striking a private investigator who was parked near the man’s home investigating a case, according to Lake County prosecutors. Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune, 1 July 2022 On May 17, the sister may have applied for a New York state driver’s license, according to Jason Jensen, a private investigator who has been following the case. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 17 June 2022 Justin Bonus hired a private investigator who tracked down and interviewed Keith Laborde's cousin, Dana Brouillette. Lauren Turner Dunn, CBS News, 19 May 2022 Anyone with information about Charlotte’s disappearance can contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 740-773-1191, or reach out to private investigator Angela Clemente’s colleague, RaVae Edwards, at 202-819-3643. Kyani Reid, NBC News, 19 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of private investigator

1940, in the meaning defined above

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2 Aug 2022

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“Private investigator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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