- nounsomeone who can be employed as a detective to collect information• Hypernyms: ↑detective
* * *noun, pl ⋯ -tors [count]: someone who works as a detective and who is not a member of a police force
She hired a private investigator to follow her husband.
* * *ˌprivate deˈtective [private detective] (also ˌprivate inˈvestigator) (also informal ˌprivate ˈeye) nouna ↑detective who is not in the police, but who can be employed to find out information, find a missing person, follow sb, etc.See also: ↑private investigator
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