Meaning of “private investigator” in the English Dictionary

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private investigatornoun [ C ]

/ˈprɑɪ·vɪt inˈves·tɪˌɡeɪ·tər/ also private detective, us /ˈprɑɪ·vɪt dɪˈtek·tɪv/ , infml private eye, /ˈprɑɪ·vɪt ˈɑɪ/

a person whose job it is to discover information about people, but who is not a member of a police force

(Definition of “private investigator” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)