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Meaning of police by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle French police, from Latin politia ( “state, government” ), from Ancient Greek πολιτεία ( politeia ) .


    • IPA: /pəˈliːs/


    police ( uncountable )

    1. A civil force granted the legal authority to enforce the law and maintain public order. [from 18th c.]
    2. ( regional, 主にUS, Caribbean, Scotland ) A police officer. [from 19th c.]
    3. ( obsolete ) Policy. [15th-19th c.]
    4. ( obsolete ) Communal living; civilization. [16th-19th c.]
    5. ( now rare, historical ) The regulation of a given community or society; administration, law and order etc. [from 17th c.]



    police ( third-person singular simple present polices present participle policing, simple past and past participle policed )

    1. ( transitive ) To enforce the law and keep order among ( a group ) .
      Extra security was hired to police the crowd at the big game .
    2. ( transitive ) To patrol an area.

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Explanation of police by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol

    1. the force of policemen and officers

    Definition of police by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Police n. [F., fr. L. politia the condition of a state, government, administration, Gr. , fr. to be a citizen, to govern or administer a state, fr. citizen, fr. city; akin to Skr. pur, puri. Cf. Policy polity, Polity.]
      1. A judicial and executive system, for the government of a city, town, or district, for the preservation of rights, order, cleanliness, health, etc., and for the enforcement of the laws and prevention of crime; the administration of the laws and regulations of a city, incorporated town, or borough.

      2. That which concerns the order of the community; the internal regulation of a state.

      3. The organized body of civil officers in a city, town, or district, whose particular duties are the preservation of good order, the prevention and detection of crime, and the enforcement of the laws.

      4. ( Mil. ) Military police, the body of soldiers detailed to preserve civil order and attend to sanitary arrangements in a camp or garrison.

      5. The cleaning of a camp or garrison, or the state a camp as to cleanliness.

      Police commissioner, a civil officer, usually one of a board, commissioned to regulate and control the appointment, duties, and discipline of the police. -- Police constable, or Police officer, a policeman. -- Police court, a minor court to try persons brought before it by the police. -- Police inspector, an officer of police ranking next below a superintendent. -- Police jury, a body of officers who collectively exercise jurisdiction in certain cases of police, as levying taxes, etc.; -- so called in Louisiana. Bouvier. -- Police justice, or Police magistrate, a judge of a police court. -- Police offenses ( Law ), minor offenses against the order of the community, of which a police court may have final jurisdiction. -- Police station, the headquarters of the police, or of a section of them; the place where the police assemble for orders, and to which they take arrested persons.

    2. Police, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Policed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Policing.]
      1. To keep in order by police.

      2. ( Mil. ) To make clean; as, “to police a camp”.