- 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), po·liced, po·lic·ing.
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Origin of police
pronunciation note for police
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Example sentences from the Web for police
Anyone who can't see how corrupted our polices are by the arms-dealer front group known as the NRA isn't looking very hard.9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns|Cliff Schecter|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is the Navy that polices the sea lanes: for example, battling pirates.
The society now protects and polices about one hundred of these refuges, which, of course, are worthless unless thus protected.A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open|Theodore Roosevelt
It was a clever idea to paint up the side of the Chief of Polices barn!Left Half Harmon|Ralph Henry Barbour
It polices the coast as the navy polices the ocean, and its duties are as varied as they are weighty and important.The Sea Rovers|Rufus Rockwell Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for police
- 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
- 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