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Definition of police verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they police
    he / she / it polices
    past simple policed
    -ing form policing
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  1. 1police something (of the police, army, etc.) to go around a particular area to make sure that no one is breaking the law there The border will be policed by UN officials.
  2. 2police something (of a committee, etc.) to make sure that a particular set of rules is obeyed synonym monitor The profession is policed by its own regulatory body. The government has called on newspapers to police themselves.
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