Meaning of “detective” in the English Dictionary

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"detective" in British English

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

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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)