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Definition of patrol verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they patrol
    he / she / it patrols
    past simple patrolled
    -ing form patrolling
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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.
  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.
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