Definition of Police

1. Noun. The force of policemen and officers. "The law came looking for him"

2. Verb. Maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol. "The men police for animals in the area"
Exact synonyms: Patrol
Generic synonyms: Guard
Derivative terms: Patrol, Patrol, Patrol, Patroller

Definition of Police

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To keep in order by police.

Definition of Police

1. Noun. A civil force granted the legal authority to enforce the law and maintain public order. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (context: regional chiefly US Caribbean Scotland) A police officer. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) Policy. (defdate 15th-19th c.) ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) Communal living; civilization. (defdate 16th-19th c.) ¹

5. Noun. (context: now rare historical) The regulation of a given community or society; administration, law and order etc. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To enforce the law and keep order among (a group). ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To patrol an area. ¹

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Definition of Police

1. to make clean or orderly [v POLICED, POLICING, POLICES]

Medical Definition of Police

1. Agents of the law charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order among the citisenry. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Police

poli lienalis inferior et superior
poli renalis inferior et superior
police (current term)
police academy
police action
police baton
police beat
police beats
police blotter
police boat
police box
police boxes
police captain
police car
police cars
police chief
police commissioner

Literary usage of Police

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"In the metropolitan police district the commissioner has large powers, including the ... On the police almost invariably devolve the licensing of public ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"Sei Am 114: Am City (T and С ed) 14:564-5 Je '16 police and С ed) 14:15-16 Ja '16 Canning clubs of Calhoun county. Alabama. See aleo Crime and criminals; ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The police Act of 1890 makes provision for the payment of pensions to ... The strength of the county and borough police of England and Wales in 1900 was ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
""For a community of this size, we have a very good police force," Heller said. ... The Lawrence police force is small, and small city police forces do not ..."

5. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"Ann. rept of chief of district police Including the result of inspection of factories and ... Rept. on petitions to modify existing state police law, etc. ..."

6. Journal by New York (State). Legislature. Senate (1921)
"672) entitled "An act authorizing the police commissioner of the city of New York to rehear the charges upon which Meyer Pollack, formerly a patrolman in ..."

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