Police definition

pə-lēs
(archaic) Regulation and control of the affairs of a community, especially with respect to maintenance of order, law, health, morals, safety, and other matters affecting the public welfare.
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To make (a military area, for example) neat in appearance.

Policed the barracks.

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(archaic) The regulation within a community of morals, safety, sanitation, etc.; public order; law enforcement.
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To regulate, control, or keep in order with a law enforcement agency or other official group.
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To observe and issue warnings or correctives regarding.

Policing someone's grammar.

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To make or keep (a military camp, post, etc.) clean and orderly.
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To control, protect, or keep orderly with or as police or a similar force.

To police the streets.

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Police is defined as members of law enforcement, or people vested with the power to make or enforce rules in a certain area or on a certain topic.

The cops who gives you a speeding ticket or arrest murderers are an example of police.

People who are judgmental about fashion and make fun of those who don't comply with the current styles are an example of the fashion police.

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The cleaning of a military base or other military area.

Police of the barracks must be completed before inspection.

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A civil force granted the legal authority to enforce the law and maintain public order. [from 18th c.]

Call the police!

The police operating in New York City operate under the New York City Police Department, several other City agencies and boards, and several public authorities.

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Police means to enforce the rules, or to enforce law and order.

When you patrol an area to make sure that the laws are being followed, this is an example of when you police the area.

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(informal) A group that admonishes, cautions, or reminds.

Grammar police; fashion police.

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A body of government employees trained in methods of law enforcement and crime prevention and detection and authorized to maintain the peace, safety, and order of the community.
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A body of persons with a similar organization and function.

Campus police.

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The soldiers assigned to a specified maintenance duty.
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A governmental force, or body of persons, established and maintained for keeping order, etc.
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A private organization like this.

Security police at a college.

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The members of any such force.
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(informal) Those who act as self-appointed guardians of morality, propriety, style, etc.

The fashion police, the language police.

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The work or duty of keeping a camp, post, etc. clean and orderly.
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The soldiers charged with such duty.

Kitchen police.

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(regional, chiefly US, Caribbean, Scotland) A police officer. [from 19th c.]
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(now rare, historical) The regulation of a given community or society; administration, law and order etc. [from 17th c.]
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To enforce the law and keep order among (a group).

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

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To patrol an area.
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The governmental department (of a city, state, etc.) organized for keeping order, enforcing the law, and preventing, detecting, and prosecuting crimes.
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Origin of police

  • French from Old French policie civil organization from Late Latin polītīa from Latin the State from Greek polīteia from polītēs citizen from polis city pelə-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary