What does detective mean?

Definitions for detective
dɪˈtɛk tɪvde·tec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detective, investigator, tec, police detectivenoun

    a police officer who investigates crimes

  2. detectivenoun

    an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public

Wiktionary

  1. detectivenoun

    a police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.

  2. detectivenoun

    a person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detectiveadjective

    fitted for, or skilled in, detecting; employed in detecting crime or criminals; as, a detective officer

  2. Detectivenoun

    one who business it is so detect criminals or discover matters of secrecy

Freebase

  1. Detective

    A detective is an investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person. The latter may be known as private investigators or "private eyes". Informally, and primarily in fiction, a detective is any licensed or unlicensed person who solves crimes, including historical crimes, or looks into records.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'detective' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4837

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'detective' in Nouns Frequency: #1483

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detective in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of detective in a Sentence

  1. Paul Dergarabedian:

    ' Endgame' has literally sprinted to heights that were once unthinkable, the only thing that could slow its ascent is the onslaught of notable summer blockbusters hitting theaters in coming weeks starting with' Pokémon : Detective Pikachu' next weekend.

  2. Godwin Jr.:

    When the detective walked up, she didn’t have to open her mouth because her vest said ‘homicide,’.

  3. Arthur C. Clarke:

    Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

  4. Richard Walton:

    While I cannot go into further details regarding this live investigation, I can confirm that a team of officers, led by a senior detective from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, are working closely with the Tunisian authorities on both investigations and we have advised the coroner of the connection between the two.

  5. Jenny Kern:

    [ He ] incrementally asked me to take my clothes off, he started saying things, improvising as this detective character : ‘ I can see your t -- s, ’ ‘ I can see you shave your p --- y. ’ He did it until I finally cried. Aspiring actress Jacqueline Mueller, who served as an intern in 2008 at Henry’s casting office Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer. Jacqueline Mueller shared a similar experience with The Hollywood Reporter.

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    • A. incumbent
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