detective Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "detective" - English Dictionary

See all translations

detectivenoun [C]

uk   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
More examples
Translations of “detective”
in Korean 탐정…
in Arabic تَحَرّي…
in Portuguese detetive…
in Catalan detectiu, -iva…
in Japanese 探偵, 刑事…
in Italian investigatore, -trice…
in Chinese (Traditional) 偵探, 警探(用於某些級別的員警頭銜)…
in Russian детектив, сыщик…
in Turkish dedektif, hafiye…
in Chinese (Simplified) 侦探, 警探(用于某些级别的警察头衔)…
in Polish oficer śledczy, detektyw…
(Definition of detective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of detective?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “detective” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
like

to enjoy or approve of something or someone

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More