private detectivenoun [ C ]uk /ˌpraɪ.vət dɪˈtek.tɪv/ us /ˌpraɪ.vət dɪˈtek.tɪv/ also private investigator, informal private eye
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(Definition of “private detective” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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