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"detective" in British English

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detectivenoun [C]

uk   us   /dɪˈtek.tɪv/
B1 someone whose ​job is to ​discoverinformation about crimes and ​find out who is ​responsible for them: a ​private detective detective ​stories used as ​part of the ​title of ​particularranks in the ​policeforce: Detective ​Sergeant Lewis

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(Definition of detective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"detective" in American English

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detectivenoun [C]

 us   /dɪˈtek·tɪv/
a ​policeofficer whose ​job is to ​discoverinformation about ​crimes and ​find out who is ​responsible for them
(Definition of detective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “detective”
in Arabic تَحَرّي…
in Korean 탐정…
in Portuguese detetive…
in Catalan detectiu, -iva…
in Japanese 探偵, 刑事…
in Chinese (Simplified) 侦探, 警探(用于某些级别的警察头衔)…
in Turkish dedektif, hafiye…
in Russian детектив, сыщик…
in Chinese (Traditional) 偵探, 警探(用於某些級別的員警頭銜)…
in Italian investigatore, -trice…
in Polish oficer śledczy, detektyw…
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