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Definition of patrol verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    patrol

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pəˈtrəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtroʊl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they patrol
    BrE BrE//pəˈtrəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtroʊl//
     
    he / she / it patrols
    BrE BrE//pəˈtrəʊlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtroʊlz//
     
    past simple patrolled
    BrE BrE//pəˈtrəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtroʊld//
     
    past participle patrolled
    BrE BrE//pəˈtrəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtroʊld//
     
    -ing form patrolling
    BrE BrE//pəˈtrəʊlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtroʊlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] patrol (something) to go around an area or a building at regular times to check that it is safe and that there is no trouble Troops patrolled the border day and night. Guards can be seen patrolling everywhere. Aircraft regularly patrol the frontier.
  2. 2[transitive] patrol something to drive or walk around a particular area, especially in a threatening way Gangs of youths patrol the streets at night.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (as a noun): from German Patrolle, from French patrouille, from patrouiller ‘paddle in mud’, from patte ‘paw’ + dialect (gad)rouille ‘dirty water’.
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