police, police force, constabulary, law(verb)
the force of policemen and officers
"the law came looking for him"
maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol
Communal living; civilization.
The regulation of a given community or society; administration, law and order etc.
A civil force granted the legal authority to enforce the law and maintain public order.
A police officer.
To enforce the law and keep order among (a group).
Extra security was hired to police the crowd at the big game.
To patrol an area.
Origin: From police, from politia, from πολιτεία.
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
that which concerns the order of the community; the internal regulation of a state
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
military police, the body of soldiers detailed to preserve civil order and attend to sanitary arrangements in a camp or garrison
the cleaning of a camp or garrison, or the state / a camp as to cleanliness
to keep in order by police
to make clean; as, to police a camp
Origin: [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.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pō-lēs′, n. the system of regulations of a city, town, or district for the preservation of order and enforcement of law: the internal government of a state: (short for Police′-force) the civil officers employed to preserve order, &c.—v.t. to guard or maintain order in: to put in order.—n.pl. Police′-commiss′ioners, a body of men appointed to regulate the appointments and duties of the police.—ns. Police′-inspect′or, a superior officer of police who has charge of a department, next in rank to a superintendent; Police′-mag′istrate, one who presides in a police court; Police′man, a member of a police-force; Police′-off′ice, -stā′tion, the headquarters of the police of a district, used also as a temporary place of confinement; Police′-off′icer, -con′stable, a policeman; Police′-rate, a tax levied for the support of the police.—Police court, a court for trying small offences brought before it by the police. [Fr.,—L. politia—Gr. politeia, the condition of a state—politēs, a citizen—polis, a city.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Agents of the law charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order among the citizenry.
Are the official governmental organization of employees constituted with the role and responsibilities to administer and enforce the law of a country with specific constituted power, a local, regional and national structure and are accountable to a specific member of government, their job title and structures vary in different countries.
Police job titles, roles and responsibilities and structures vary according to the country they work in and are accountable to a specific member of government.Submitted by MC Harmonious on January 11, 2016
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Rank popularity for the word 'police' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #304
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Rank popularity for the word 'police' in Written Corpus Frequency: #483
Rank popularity for the word 'police' in Nouns Frequency: #95
The numerical value of police in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of police in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- аполициа, амилициаAbkhaz
- شرطة, بوليسArabic
- палі́цыя, мілі́цыяBelarusian
- policiaCatalan, Valencian
- policie, policista, policistkaCzech
- politi, politibetjent, politimand, politikvinde, politietDanish
- Polizistin, Polizei, PolizistGerman
- αστυνομία, αστυφύλακαςGreek
- politsei, politseinikEstonian
- police, policier, policièreFrench
- polysjeWestern Frisian
- garda, gardaíIrish
- poileasScottish Gaelic
- पोलिस, पुलिसHindi
- lapolisHaitian Creole
- полиция, милицияKazakh
- 경찰, 警察Korean
- polîs, پۆلیسKurdish
- милиция, полицияKyrgyz
- denuntiatores, denuntiator, vigil, denutiatores, denuntiatrix, vigilesLatin
- policija, policistsLatvian
- поли́ција, мили́цијаMacedonian
- ပုလိပ်, ရဲBurmese
- politiNorwegian Nynorsk
- siláoNavajo, Navaho
- полицӕ, милицӕOssetian, Ossetic
- policja, policjant, policjantkaPolish
- polícia, policialPortuguese
- polițistă, poliție, polițistRomanian
- полице́йский, милиционе́р, поли́ция, мили́цияRussian
- milicija, policija, полиција, милицијаSerbo-Croatian
- පොලීසියSinhala, Sinhalese
- polícia, policajt, policajtkaSlovak
- policia, policiAlbanian
- lepolesaSouthern Sotho
- aina, polisSwedish
- போலீஸ், காவல்Tamil
- రక్షక దళము, పోలీసు, రక్షక భటుడుTelugu
- милитсия, политсияTajik
- pulisya, pulisTagalog
- ساقچىUyghur, Uighur
- полі́цiя, мілі́ціяUkrainian
- پولس, پولیسUrdu
- militsiya, politsiyaUzbek
- cảnh sát, 警察Vietnamese
- poldan, hipoldan, jipoldan, poldVolapük
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