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Synonyms for detective
dɪˈtɛk tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detective, investigator, tec, police detective(noun)

    a police officer who investigates crimes

    Synonyms:
    researcher, investigator, tec, research worker, police detective

  2. detective(noun)

    an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public

    Synonyms:
    investigator, tec, police detective

Wiktionary

  1. detective(noun)

    a person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.

    Synonyms:
    private investigator, dick, private detective, private dick, consulting detective

  2. detective(noun)

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. detective

    The scout and the spy are both employed to obtain information of the numbers, movements, etc., of an enemy. The scout lurks on the outskirts of the hostile army with such concealment as the case admits of, but without disguise; a spy enters in disguise within the enemy's lines. A scout, if captured, has the rights of a prisoner of war; a spy is held to have forfeited all rights, and is liable, in case of capture, to capital punishment. An emissary is rather political than military; sent rather to secretly influence opponents than to bring information concerning them; so far as he does the latter, he is not only an emissary, but a spy.

    Synonyms:
    emissary, scout, spy

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US English
Daniel
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Karen
Australian
Veena
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How to use detective in a sentence?

  1. Randy Alfred:

    There was still a long history of mistrust between gay men and the police force, i mean, the homicide detective might have been in the vice squad two years ago when he busted you.

  2. Diana Dragomir:

    There was quite some detective work involved, and the right people were there at the right time, but we were lucky, and we caught the signals, and they were really clear.

  3. Peter Salama:

    The detective work of epidemiology will make or break the response to this outbreak.

  4. Randal Taylor:

    We are also aware of inappropriate comments made by an IMPD detective that was broadcast live on social media, let me be clear : These comments are unacceptable. We will be pursuing immediate disciplinary action against that officer.

  5. Averick Walker:

    Hes innocent. He didnt shoot anybody, its sad that this detective sought to make him out to be a monster and hes not. When its all said and done, it will come out in the wash that the person who did fire the gun shot the gun to protect Teshaun Hightower.

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