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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person, usually a member of a police force, who investigates crimes and obtains evidence or information.
  • adj. Of or relating to detectives or their work: detective novels.
  • adj. Suited for or used in detection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.
  • n. A person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fitted for, or skilled in, detecting; employed in detecting crime or criminals.
  • n. One who business it is so detect criminals or discover matters of secrecy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fitted for or skilled in detecting; employed in detecting: as, the detective police.
  • Relating to detectives or to detection: as, a detective story.
  • n. A person whose occupation it is to discover matters as to which information is desired, particularly concerning wrong-doers, and to obtain evidence to be used against them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
  • n. a police officer who investigates crimes

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