1. detective

noun. ['dɪˈtɛktɪv'] a police officer who investigates crimes.


  • investigator
  • tec
  • officer
  • plainclothesman
  • police detective
  • police officer
  • dick
  • policeman
  • hawkshaw
  • gumshoe


  • inoperative
  • malfunctioning
  • medical
  • insignificant

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Rhymes with Detective

  • retrospective
  • introspective
  • anti-infective
  • prospective
  • irrespective
  • subjective
  • respective
  • reflective
  • projective
  • perspective
  • ineffective
  • convective
  • selective
  • protective
  • objective
  • invective
  • infective
  • directive
  • defective
  • connective
  • collective
  • elective
  • effective
  • corrective
  • affective

How do you pronounce detective?

Pronounce detective as dɪˈtɛktɪv.

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Sentences with detective

1. Noun, singular or mass
Enlist the services of a private detective if you can afford it.

2. Adjective
After you've attempted all three methods of service, you'll have to do a little detective work.

Quotes about detective

1. My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky.
- Alan Moore

2. I love the Swedish people for their detective novels, their archipelago, their sense of humor, their carbonated vodka, and most especially, for their wonderful hospitality.
- Michael Levitt

3. Being a detective isn't all about torture and murder and monsters. Sometimes it gets truly unpleasant...The fate of the world may depend on whether or not you can bring yourself to visit your relatives.
- Derek Landy

2. detective

noun. ['dɪˈtɛktɪv'] an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public.


  • sleuth
  • private detective
  • private eye
  • investigator
  • sleuthhound
  • private investigator
  • PI
  • sherlock
  • operative