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policy

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɒl.ə.si/ us    /ˈpɑː.lə-/

policy noun [C] (PLAN)

B2 a set of ideas or a plan of what to do in particular situations that has been agreed officially by a group of people, a business organization, a government, or a political party: They believe that Europe needs a common foreign and security policy. What is your party's policy on immigration?
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policy noun [C] (DOCUMENT)

C1 a document showing an agreement you have made with an insurance company: You should check your policy to see if you're covered for flood damage.
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Translations of “policy”
in Korean 정책…
in Arabic سياسة, خُطّة…
in French politique…
in Turkish siyaset, politika, tutum…
in Italian politica, strategia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 計劃, 政策,方針,策略…
in Russian политика, страховой полис…
in Polish polityka, polisa…
in Spanish política…
in Portuguese política…
in German die Politik…
in Catalan política…
in Japanese 方針, 政策, ポリシー…
in Chinese (Simplified) 计划, 政策,方针,策略…
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