Definitions for Policepəˈlis; ˈpoʊ lis; ˈdi trɔɪt; ˈsi mɛnt; ˈsi gɑr; ˈgɪt ɑr; ˈɪn ʃʊər əns; ˈʌm brɛl ə; ˈaɪ diə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

po•lice*pəˈlis; ˈpoʊ lis; ˈdi trɔɪt; ˈsi mɛnt; ˈsi gɑr; ˈgɪt ɑr; ˈɪn ʃʊər əns; ˈʌm brɛl ə; ˈaɪ diə(n.; v.)-liced, -lic•ing.

  1. (n.)an organized civil force for maintaining order, preventing and detecting crime, and enforcing the laws.

  2. (used with a pl. v.) members of such a force.

  3. the regulation and control of a community, esp. for the maintenance of public order, safety, morals, health, etc.

  4. the department of a government concerned with this, esp. with the maintenance of order.

  5. any body of people employed to keep order, enforce regulations, etc.

  6. people who seek to regulate a specified behavior, activity, practice, etc.:

    the language police.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. the cleaning and keeping clean of a military camp, post, etc. the cleanliness of a camp, post, etc.

    Category: Military

  8. (v.t.)to regulate, control, or keep in order by or as if by means of police.

  9. to clean and keep clean (a military camp, post, etc.).

    Category: Military

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Origin of police:

1520–30; < MF: government, civil administration, police < LL polītia citizenship, government, for L polītīa; see polity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. police, police force, constabulary, law(verb)

    the force of policemen and officers

    "the law came looking for him"

  2. patrol, police(verb)

    maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. police(noun)əˈlis

    an official organization that makes sure people obey the law

    a police investigation; Do you think we should call the police?; a member of the border/state/city police


  1. police(Noun)


  2. police(Noun)

    Communal living; civilization.

  3. police(Noun)

    The regulation of a given community or society; administration, law and order etc.

  4. police(Noun)

    A civil force granted the legal authority to enforce the law and maintain public order.

  5. police(Noun)

    A police officer.

  6. police(Verb)

    To enforce the law and keep order among (a group).

    Extra security was hired to police the crowd at the big game.

  7. police(Verb)

    To patrol an area.

  8. Origin: From police, from politia, from πολιτεία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Police(noun)

    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. Police(noun)

    that which concerns the order of the community; the internal regulation of a state

  3. Police(noun)

    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. Police(noun)

    military police, the body of soldiers detailed to preserve civil order and attend to sanitary arrangements in a camp or garrison

  5. Police(noun)

    the cleaning of a camp or garrison, or the state / a camp as to cleanliness

  6. Police(verb)

    to keep in order by police

  7. Police(verb)

    to make clean; as, to police a camp


  1. Police

    The police are a constituted body of persons empowered by the state to enforce the law, protect property, and limit civil disorder. Their powers include the legitimized use of force. The term is most commonly associated with police services of a state that are authorized to exercise the police power of that state within a defined legal or territorial area of responsibility. Police forces are often defined as being separate from military or other organizations involved in the defense of the state against foreign aggressors; however, gendarmerie are military units charged with civil policing. Law enforcement, however, constitutes only part of policing activity. Policing has included an array of activities in different situations, but the predominant ones are concerned with the preservation of order. In some societies, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, these developed within the context of maintaining the class system and the protection of private property. Some parts of the world may suffer from police corruption. Alternative names for police force include constabulary, gendarmerie, police department, police service, crime prevention, protective services, law enforcement agency, civil guard or civic guard. Members may be referred to as police officers, troopers, sheriffs, constables, rangers, peace officers or civic/civil guards. Police of the Soviet-era Eastern Europe were called the militsiya. The Irish police are called the Garda Síochána; a police officer is called a garda. And although the word "police" comes from Greek, the Greek police is Αστυνομία.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. police

    Similia similibus.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Police

    Agents of the law charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order among the citizenry.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Police' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #304

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Police' in Written Corpus Frequency: #483

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Police' in Nouns Frequency: #95

Translations for Police

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

police(noun plural)

the men and women whose job is to prevent crime, keep order, see that laws are obeyed etc

Call the police!; The police are investigating the matter; (also adjective) the police force, a police officer.

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