police


police
police [pə lēs′]
n.
[Fr < LL politia, administration of the commonwealth (in L, the state) < Gr politeia, the state, citizenship < politēs, citizen < polis, city < IE * pel-, fortress (> Sans pūr, town), orig., filled wall, special use of base * pel-, to flow, fill > FULL1]
1. Archaic the regulation within a community of morals, safety, sanitation, etc.; public order; law enforcement
2. the governmental department (of a city, state, etc.) organized for keeping order, enforcing the law, and preventing, detecting, and prosecuting crimes
3.
a) a governmental force, or body of persons, established and maintained for keeping order, etc.
b) a private organization like this [security police at a college]
c) [with pl. v.] the members of any such force
d) [with pl. verb] Informal those who act as self-appointed guardians of morality, propriety, style, etc.: usually somewhat disparaging [the fashion police, the language police ]
4. U.S. Army
a) the work or duty of keeping a camp, post, etc. clean and orderly
b) [with pl. v.] the soldiers charged with such duty [kitchen police]
vt.
policed, policing
1. to control, protect, or keep orderly with or as police or a similar force [to police the streets ]
2. to make or keep (a military camp, post, etc.) clean and orderly: often with up

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