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

     

    police

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pəˈliːs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈliːs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they police
    BrE BrE//pəˈliːs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈliːs//
     
    he / she / it polices
    BrE BrE//pəˈliːsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈliːsɪz//
     
    past simple policed
    BrE BrE//pəˈliːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈliːst//
     
    past participle policed
    BrE BrE//pəˈliːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈliːst//
     
    -ing form policing
    BrE BrE//pəˈliːsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈliːsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1police something (of the police, army, etc.) to go around a particular area to make sure that nobody 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. These sort of regulations are very difficult to police.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘public order’): from French, from medieval Latin politia ‘citizenship, government’, from Greek politeia ‘citizenship’, from politēs ‘citizen’, from polis ‘city’. Current senses date from the early 19th cent.
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