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



    BrE BrE//pəˈtrəʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtroʊl//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the act of going to different parts of a building, an area, etc. to make sure that there is no trouble or crime Security guards make regular patrols at night. a police car on patrol
  2. 2[countable] a group of soldiers, vehicles, etc. that patrol an area a naval/police patrol a patrol car/boat
  3. 3[countable] a group of about six Boy Scouts or Girl Guides / Girl Scouts that forms part of a larger group
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent. (as a noun): from German Patrolle, from French patrouille, from patrouiller ‘paddle in mud’, from patte ‘paw’ + dialect (gad)rouille ‘dirty water’.Extra examples Every police car and foot patrol in the area is on full alert. One soldier was killed when his patrol was ambushed. The Italians flew regular patrols over the desert. The highway patrol has sealed off the area. They maintain a continuous patrol of the oceans with three submarines. They sent out four-man patrols to scout the area. helicopters used for traffic patrols police officers on patrol
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