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policeplural noun

 us   /pəˈlis/
an ​officialforce whose ​job is to ​maintainpublicorder, ​deal with ​crime, and make ​peopleobey the ​law, or the ​members of this ​force: I ​think you should ​call the police. Police ​arrested two ​people in ​connection with the robbery.

policeverb [T]

 us   /pəˈlis/
to ​control or ​maintainorder, esp. with police: Securityforces policed the ​border. It’s up to the ​government to police the ​financialmarkets.
(Definition of police from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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policenoun [plural]

uk   us   /pəˈliːs/
A2 the ​officialorganization that is ​responsible for ​protectingpeople and ​property, making ​peopleobey the ​law, ​finding out about and ​solvingcrime, and ​catchingpeople who have ​committed a ​crime: I ​think you should ​call the police. The police are ​investigatingfraudallegations against him. members of this ​organization: There should be more police ​patrolling the ​area on ​foot.
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policeverb [T]

uk   us   /pəˈliːs/
to ​control or ​guard a ​publicevent or ​area by using ​members of the police or a ​similarforce: The ​march will be ​heavily policed by an anti-riot ​unit. to ​control the way in which a ​possiblydangeroussubstance is ​dealt with or a ​dangerousactivity is done: The use of these ​chemicals must be ​carefully policed.
(Definition of police from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "police" - Business English Dictionary

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policeverb [T]

uk   us   /pəˈliːs/
to make sure that the ​rules of an ​activity, ​organization, ​industry, etc. are obeyed: It's impossible for the ​moderator to police all the comments that have been ​posted.
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.
(Definition of police from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “police”
in Korean 경찰…
in Arabic شُرْطة…
in Malaysian polis…
in French (de) police…
in Russian полиция…
in Chinese (Traditional) 員警當局,警方, 員警…
in Italian polizia…
in Turkish polis teşkilâtı, emniyet güçleri…
in Polish policja, Police ma tylko liczbę mnogą!…
in Spanish policía…
in Vietnamese cảnh sát…
in Portuguese polícia…
in Thai ตำรวจ…
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…
in Indonesian polisi…
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