private investigator

noun

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)

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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 tanning salon chain hired a private investigator to search for additional hidden cameras and changed all locks on the businesses, Davis said. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Hidden cameras found in tanning salon in Shelby Township," 16 Feb. 2020 Eventually, private investigators started reaching out to me directly. Susan Fowler, Time, "I Spoke Out Against Sexual Harassment at Uber. The Aftermath Was More Terrifying Than Anything I Faced Before," 17 Feb. 2020 Days after a judge rejected a Florida private investigator's attempt to become part of Hunter Biden's Arkansas paternity case, the investigator filed a motion seeking to intervene in the lawsuit. Hunter Field, Arkansas Online, "New bid to enter Biden case filed," 28 Dec. 2019 Teresa Hoffman, a former private investigator and wife of a Southport tow truck driver, gave testimony and evidence to the seven person city council despite being told that that the ban was over. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Mobile lifts towing ban, but continues investigation," 10 Sep. 2019 Casey entered the public eye as a private investigator for Casey Anthony, the mother whose young daughter's disappearance in 2008 went unreported for 31 days. Hunter Field, Arkansas Online, "New bid to enter Biden case filed," 28 Dec. 2019 In addition to writing and directing the long-gestating film, Norton stars as a private investigator with Tourette syndrome who works to solve the murder of his mentor. Rebecca Rubin, chicagotribune.com, "Box office: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ fizzles with $29 million debut," 4 Nov. 2019 Plunging into her topic with the zeal of a private investigator, Green puts together the pieces of Guy-Blaché's puzzling erasure from fame in this compelling documentary. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Who is Alice Guy-Blaché? The greatest director you've never heard of, documentary reveals," 26 July 2019 On Monday evening, private investigators hired by Dabawala’s family located her car near a park on Chicago’s West Side. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Illinois Woman Missing Since December Found Dead in Trunk of Her Car," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of private investigator

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Private investigator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/private%20investigator. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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private investigator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of private investigator

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

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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