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Definition of "detective" []

  • A person, usually a member of a police force, who investigates crimes and obtains evidence or information. (noun)
  • Of or relating to detectives or their work: detective novels. (adjective)
  • Suited for or used in detection. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "detective" in a sentence
  • ""Be a label detective and learn how to decode labels," said Dr. Clifford Bassett, a fellow of the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone School of Medicine."
  • "Bolt the main detective is a much more believable character, who is essentially a decent bloke but has some quite serious flaws."
  • "Nobody, not even the young actress girlfriend of the main detective, is dressed to impress."