detective vs investigator what difference

what is difference between detective and investigator

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈtɛktɪv/
  • Rhymes: -ɛktɪv

Noun

detective (plural detectives)

  1. (law enforcement) A police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.
  2. A person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.

Synonyms

  • (law enforcement): DT (abbreviation), Det (abbreviation)
  • (person employed to find information): private detective, private investigator
  • (person employed to find information): (slang) dick, private dick
  • sleuth

Derived terms

Related terms

Descendants

Translations

Adjective

detective (not comparable)

  1. Employed in detecting.

Asturian

Noun

detective m or f (plural detectives)

  1. detective

Galician

Noun

detective m (plural detectives)

  1. detective

Further reading

  • “detective” in Dicionario da Real Academia Galega, Royal Galician Academy.

Portuguese

Noun

detective m (plural detectives)

  1. Alternative form of detetive

Spanish

Etymology

From English detective.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /detekˈtibe/, [d̪e.t̪ekˈt̪i.β̞e]

Noun

detective m or f (plural detectives)

  1. detective

Derived terms

  • detective privado
  • detectivesco

Further reading

  • “detective” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.


English

Etymology

Attested in the mid‐16th century; from Latin investigator, from investigare.

Noun

investigator (plural investigators)

  1. One who investigates.

Hyponyms

  • principal investigator

Derived terms

  • co-investigator

Related terms

  • investigatrix (feminine)

Translations

References

  • investigator in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “investigator”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • investigator in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Latin

Etymology 1

From investīgō +‎ -tor

Noun

investīgātor m (genitive investīgātōris); third declension

  1. investigator, researcher
    • 2018, Tuomo Pekkanen, Nova formicae species [1], Nuntii Latini 27.4.2018:
      Grex investigatorum in Borneo novam formicae speciem invenit, quae se explodendo communitatem suam defendit.

      A group of researchers in Borneo has found a new species of ant which defends its nest by exploding.
Declension

Third-declension noun.

Descendants

Etymology 2

Verb

investīgātor

  1. second-person singular future passive imperative of investīgō
  2. third-person singular future passive imperative of investīgō

References

  • investigator in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • investigator in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Romanian

Etymology

From French investigateur, from Latin investigator.

Adjective

investigator m or n (feminine singular investigatoare, masculine plural investigatori, feminine and neuter plural investigatoare)

  1. investigating

Declension

Noun

investigator m (plural investigatori, feminine equivalent investigatoare)

  1. investigator

Derived terms

  • investiga
  • investigare
  • investigație

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