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(Law) an individual privately employed to investigate a crime, keep watch on a suspected person, or make other inquiries. Also called: private investigator
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|Noun||1.||private detective - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information|
detective - an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
inquiry agent - a private detective
store detective - a private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage
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noun private investigator, detective, private eye (informal), sleuth (informal), gumshoe (U.S. & Canad.), private dick (U.S. & Canad.) She hired a private detective to search for evidence.
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