Also called police force. an organized civil force for maintaining order, preventing and detecting crime, and enforcing the laws.
(used with a plural verb) members of such a force:
Several police are patrolling the neighborhood.
the regulation and control of a community, especially for the maintenance of public order, safety, health, morals, etc.
the department of the government concerned with this, especially with the maintenance of order.
any body of people officially maintained or employed to keep order, enforce regulations, etc.
people who seek to regulate a specified activity, practice, etc.:
the language police.

the cleaning and keeping clean of a camp, post, station, etc.
the condition of a camp, post, station, etc., with reference to cleanliness.

verb (used with object), policed, policing.
to regulate, control, or keep in order by or as if by means of police.
Military. to clean and keep clean (a camp, post, etc.)

the police, the organized civil force of a state, concerned with maintenance of law and order, the detection and prevention of crime, etc
(as modifier): a police inquiry

(functioning as pl) the members of such a force collectively
any organized body with a similar function: security police

the regulation and control of a community, esp in regard to the enforcement of law, the prevention of crime, etc
the department of government concerned with this

verb (transitive)
to regulate, control, or keep in order by means of a police or similar force
to observe or record the activity or enforcement of: a committee was set up to police the new agreement on picketing
(US) to make or keep (a military camp, etc) clean and orderly


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