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police

noun [plural] uk   /pəˈliːs/ us  
A2 the official organization that is responsible for protecting people and property, making people obey the law, finding out about and solving crime, and catching people who have committed a crime: I think you should call the police. The police are investigating fraud allegations against him. members of this organization: There should be more police patrolling the area on foot.
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police

verb [T] uk   /pəˈliːs/ us  
to control or guard a public event or area by using members of the police or a similar force: The march will be heavily policed by an anti-riot unit. to control the way in which a possibly dangerous substance is dealt with or a dangerous activity is done: The use of these chemicals must be carefully policed.
Translations of “police”
in Korean 경찰…
in Arabic شُرْطة…
in French (de) police…
in Turkish polis teşkilâtı, emniyet güçleri…
in Italian polizia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 員警當局,警方, 員警…
in Russian полиция…
in Polish policja, Police ma tylko liczbę mnogą!…
in Spanish policía…
in Portuguese polícia…
in German die Polizei, Polizei-……
in Catalan policia…
in Japanese 警察, 警察署…
in Chinese (Simplified) 警察当局,警方, 警察…
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