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de·tec·tive  (d-tktv)
A person, usually a member of a police force, who investigates crimes and obtains evidence or information.
1. Of or relating to detectives or their work: detective novels.
2. Suited for or used in detection.

detective  /dtktv/  n. a police officer whose work is getting information about crimes: a police detective || I will do some <adj.> detective work to find out what is happening.

Thesaurus: detective n. an investigator, agent, private eye infrml. detective

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