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detectivenoun [C]

uk   /dɪˈtek.tɪv/ us   /dɪˈtek.tɪv/
B1 someone whose job is to discover information about crimes and find out who is responsible for them: a private detective detective stories
used as part of the title of particular ranks in the police force: Detective Sergeant Lewis

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detectivenoun [C]

us   /dɪˈtek·tɪv/
a police officer whose job is to discover information about crimes and find out who is responsible for them
(Definition of detective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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