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de·tec·tive

 (dĭ-tĕk′tĭv)
n.
A person, usually a member of a police force, who investigates crimes and obtains evidence or information.
adj.
1. Of or relating to detectives or their work: detective novels.
2. Suited for or used in detection.

detective

(dɪˈtɛktɪv)
n
(Professions)
a. a police officer who investigates crimes
c. (as modifier): a detective story.
adj
1. used in or serving for detection
2. serving to detect

de•tec•tive

(dɪˈtɛk tɪv)

n.
1. a police officer or a private investigator whose function is to obtain information and evidence, as of illegal activity.
adj.
2. of or pertaining to detection or detectives.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detective - a police officer who investigates crimesdetective - a police officer who investigates crimes
dick, gumshoe, hawkshaw - someone who is a detective
plainclothesman - a detective who wears civilian clothes on duty
police officer, policeman, officer - a member of a police force; "it was an accident, officer"
tracer - an investigator who is employed to find missing persons or missing goods
2.detective - an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
investigator - someone who investigates
private detective, private eye, private investigator, shamus, sherlock, operative, PI - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
sleuth, sleuthhound - a detective who follows a trail

detective

noun investigator, cop (slang), copper (slang), dick (slang, chiefly U.S.), constable, tec (slang), private eye, sleuth (informal), private investigator, gumshoe (U.S. slang), bizzy (slang), C.I.D. man Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

detective

noun
A person whose work is investigating crimes or obtaining hidden evidence or information:
Informal: eye.
Slang: dick, gumshoe.
Translations
مُخْبِرمُخْبِر، بوليس سِرّي
detektiv
detektivkriminalassistentopdager
etsivä
detektiv
leyni-/rannsóknarlögreglumaîur
刑事探偵
탐정
detektív
detektiv
kriminalare
นักสืบ
thám tử

detective

[dɪˈtektɪv]
A. Ndetective mf
private detectivedetective mf privado/a
B. CPD detective chief inspector N (Brit) → comisario m
detective chief superintendent N (Brit) → comisario/a m/f jefe
detective constable N (Brit) → agente mf (de policía)
detective inspector N (Brit) → inspector(a) m/f (de policía)
detective sergeant N (Brit) → oficial mf de policía
detective story Nnovela f policíaca
detective superintendent N (Brit) → comisario/a m/f (de policía)
detective work N (fig) → trabajo m detectivesco, trabajo m de investigación

detective

[dɪˈtɛktɪv] nagent m de police, policier m
Detective Nardosa → inspecteur Nardosa detective inspector, detective constable, detective sergeantdetective constable n (British)enquêteur/euse m/fdetective inspector n (British)inspecteur/trice m/f (de police) principal(e), capitaine mf de policedetective novel nroman m policierdetective sergeant n (British)inspecteur/trice m/f de police, lieutenant mf de policedetective story nroman m policierdetective work ninvestigations fpl

detective

nDetektiv(in) m(f); (= police detective)Kriminalbeamte(r) m/-beamtin f

detective

:
detective agency
nDetektivbüro nt, → Detektei f
detective chief inspector
n (Brit) → Kriminaloberinspektor(in) m(f)
detective chief superintendent
n (Brit) → Kriminalhauptkommissar(in) m(f)
detective constable
n (Brit) → Kriminalbeamte(r) m/-beamtin f
detective inspector
nKriminalinspektor(in) m(f)
detective sergeant
nKriminalmeister(in) m(f)
detective story
nKriminalgeschichte f, → Kriminalroman m, → Krimi m (inf)
detective superintendent
n (Brit) → Kriminalkommissar(in) m(f)
detective work

detective

[dɪˈtɛktɪv] ninvestigatore/trice; (private detective) → investigatore/trice privato/a

detect

(diˈtekt) verb
to notice or discover. She thought she could detect a smell of gas.
deˈtective (-tiv) noun
a person who tries to find criminals or watches suspected persons. She was questioned by detectives.
detentiondetain

detective

مُخْبِر detektiv detektiv Kriminalbeamter ιδιωτικός αστυνομικός detective etsivä détective detektiv investigatore 刑事 탐정 detective detektiv detektyw detetive сыщик kriminalare นักสืบ dedektif thám tử 侦探
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Well," he declared, "you detectives do get to know things, don't you?
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