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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