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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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After breakfast they found us trying to blast some information out of the dumb hotel clerk about routes, and observing that we were not succeeding pretty well, they went and got their maps and things, and pointed out and explained our course so clearly that even a New York detective could have followed it.
All right -- I'm glad we found it out detective fashion; I wouldn't give shucks for any other way.
I am sorry, real sorry--for your sake; because, when it gets around that a detective has expressed himself confidently, and then--"
One of those omniscient and awe-inspiring marvels, a detective, came up from St.
Oh, just noticing the evidence and piecing this and that together, your honor; just an ordinary little bit of detective work; anybody could 'a' done it.
From Sergeant Bulmer (of the Detective Police) to Mr.
You might be a detective after stolen goods," she interrupted.
It was doubtless a detective come to deliver an important communication.
This was no case for the modern detective of civilization, yet several of these threw themselves into the search--the bones of some are already bleaching beneath the African sun upon the silent sands of the Sahara.
Before noon a detective had restored to John his money, and brought news, sad enough in truth, but perhaps the least sad possible.
In encounters with guards and patrols he displayed the keenness of a detective and the valor of a gamin.
I give this talk at length, because I am so proud of my first attempt at detective work.

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