- 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.
- Military. (in the U.S. Army)
- the cleaning and keeping clean of a camp, post, station, etc.
- the condition of a camp, post, station, etc., with reference to cleanliness.
- 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.)
Origin of police
Related Words for policingvigilance, garrison, police, organize, file, form, safeguard, inspect, cruise, spruce, keep, attend, wait, preserve, patrol, secure, oversee, defend, cover, observe
Examples from the Web for policing
Contemporary Examples of policing
Even those Christians who do want to minister amid the rancor of race and policing are missing the mark.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Big Perm worries that the lack of policing the “small fry” will lead to more crimes by “big fry.”
Like many I spoke to, Williams seemed to desire a reorientation of policing, rather than just a reduction.
Does that mean a reduction in policing would be a good thing?
We are committed to the community, dedicated to progress, and policing with respect.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of policing
The policing of cities for the first time became worthy of commendation.A History of Spain
Charles E. Chapman
Games and sport alternated with drill and policing of the camp.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4)
Albert J. Beveridge
The protection of vessels was not the only reason for policing the waterways.The Colonial Cavalier
Maud Wilder Goodwin
And so the policing of the western country from Fort Gibson went on and on.Fort Gibson
Is it being too aggressive in policing its intellectual property?Makers
- the policethe 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 plural) the members of such a force collectively
- any organized body with a similar functionsecurity 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
- to regulate, control, or keep in order by means of a police or similar force
- to observe or record the activity or enforcement ofa committee was set up to police the new agreement on picketing
- US to make or keep (a military camp, etc) clean and orderly
Word Origin for police
Until mid-19c. used in England for "civil administration;" application to "administration of public order" (1716) is from French (late 17c.), and originally in English referred to France or other foreign nations. The first force so-named in England was the Marine Police, set up 1798 to protect merchandise at the Port of London. Police state "state regulated by means of national police" first recorded 1865, with reference to Austria. Police action in the international sense of "military intervention short of war, ostensibly to correct lawlessness" is from 1933. Police officer is attested from 1800. Police station is from 1817.
"to keep order in," 1580s, from Middle French policer, from police (see police (n.)). Meaning "to keep order by means of police" is from 1837. Related: Policed; policing.