Meaning of POLICE in English

I. pə-ˈlēs transitive verb

( po·liced ; po·lic·ing )

Etymology: in sense 1, from Middle French policier, from police conduct of public affairs; in other senses, from police (II)

Date: 1589

1. archaic : govern

2. : to control, regulate, or keep in order by use of police

3. : to make clean and put in order


a. : to supervise the operation, execution, or administration of to prevent or detect and prosecute violations of rules and regulations

b. : to exercise such supervision over the policies and activities of

5. : to perform the functions of a police force in or over

II. noun

( plural police )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: French, from Old French, from Late Latin politia government, administration, from Greek politeia, from politēs citizen, from polis city, state; akin to Sanskrit pur rampart, Lithuanian pilis castle

Date: 1716


a. : the internal organization or regulation of a political unit through exercise of governmental powers especially with respect to general comfort, health, morals, safety, or prosperity

b. : control and regulation of affairs affecting the general order and welfare of any unit or area

c. : the system of laws for effecting such control


a. : the department of government concerned primarily with maintenance of public order, safety, and health and enforcement of laws and possessing executive, judicial, and legislative powers

b. : the department of government charged with prevention, detection, and prosecution of public nuisances and crimes


a. : police force

b. plural : police officers


a. : a private organization resembling a police force

campus police

b. plural : the members of a private police organization


a. : the action or process of cleaning and putting in order

b. : military personnel detailed to perform this function

6. : one attempting to regulate or censor a specified field or activity

the fashion police

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