detective

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. investigator, agent; policeman, plainclothesman, operative, shadow, undercover man; house detective, floorwalker; private investigator, private eye; Sherlock Holmes; sleuth[hound] (inf.); gumshoe, shamus, house dick, fed (all sl.). See inquiry.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. police officer, policeman, agent, plainclothesman, private investigator, private eye*, narcotics agent, police sergeant, FBI agent, Scotland Yard man, sleuth, shadow*, P.I., operative, wiretapper, polygraphist, investigator, criminologist, member of a crime detection squad, analyst, prosecutor, patrolman, eavesdropper, spy, reporter, shamus*, newshound*, minion of the law*, gumshoe*, flatfoot*, dick*, bloodhound*, hawkshaw*, Sherlock*, bull*, G-man*, copper*, cop*, fed*, narc*, slewfoot*, bug artist*, tail*; see also agent 1 , police officer .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
sleuth, private investigator (P.I.), *private eye, *dick, operative, *gumshoe, hawkshaw, undercover agent, secret agent, shadow, *tail, *G-man, *snoop. see police
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A person whose work is investigating crimes or obtaining hidden evidence or information: investigator, sleuth. Informal: eye. Slang: dick, gumshoe. See INVESTIGATE.

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  • Detective — Détective Pour les articles homonymes, voir Détective (homonymie). Vidocq : fondateur, en 1833, du Bureau des Renseignements …   Wikipédia en Français

  • détective — [ detɛktiv ] n. • 1871; détectif 1867; angl. detective, de to detect « découvrir », du lat. detegere 1 ♦ En Grande Bretagne, Policier chargé des enquêtes, des investigations. Les détectives de Scotland Yard (cf. Inspecteur de police). 2 ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • detective — de·tec·tive n: a person engaged or employed in detecting lawbreakers or in getting information that is not readily or publicly accessible a police detective hired a private detective Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • detective — (n.) 1850, short for detective police, from detective (adj.), 1843; see DETECT (Cf. detect) + IVE (Cf. ive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • detective — /deˈtɛktiv, ingl. dɪˈtɛktɪv/ [vc. ingl., abbr. di detective policeman «poliziotto (policeman), che protegge (detective)»] s. m. inv. investigatore, poliziotto privato, agente investigativo □ segugio (gerg.) …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • detective — sustantivo masculino,f. 1. Persona que realiza como profesional investigaciones por encargo de clientes: detective privado, agencia de detectives. Es un detective especializado en asuntos familiares. Sinónimo: investigador. 2. Funcionario del… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • detective — [dē tek′tiv, ditek′tiv] adj. 1. of or for detection 2. of detectives and their work n. 1. [short for detective policeman] a person on a police force, whose work is investigating and trying to solve crimes 2. [short for private detective] a person …   English World dictionary

  • Detective — De*tect ive, a. Fitted for, or skilled in, detecting; employed in detecting crime or criminals; as, a detective officer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • detective — |èt| s. m. Agente de polícia ou investigador particular cuja função é investigar crimes, obter informações e provas difíceis de encontrar.   ‣ Etimologia: inglês detective   ♦ [Portugal] Grafia de detetive antes do Acordo Ortográfico de 1990.   ♦ …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • detective — (Del ingl. detective). com. Policía particular que practica investigaciones reservadas y que, en ocasiones, interviene en los procedimientos judiciales …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Detective — De*tect ive, n. One who business it is so detect criminals or discover matters of secrecy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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