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Definition of detective noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    detective

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//dɪˈtɛktɪv//
     
    (abbreviation Det.)
     
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  1. 1 a person, especially a police officer, whose job is to examine crimes and catch criminals Detective (Roger) Brown detectives from the anti-terrorist squad a detective story/novel see also store detective
  2. 2a person employed by someone to find out information about someone or something see also private detective
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