Meaning of “private detective” in the English Dictionary

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"private detective" in British English

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private detectivenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌpraɪ.vət dɪˈtek.tɪv/ us /ˌpraɪ.vət dɪˈtek.tɪv/ also private investigator, informal private eye

a person whose job is discovering information about people. A private detective is not a government employee or a police officer:

She hired a private detective to find out if her husband was having an affair.

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

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