police

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/pəˈliːs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/pəˈlis/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pə lēs)


Inflections of 'police' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
polices
v 3rd person singular
policing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
policed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
policed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

police

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. (the) [local, state, mountain, city, metropolitan] police
  2. [phone, call, tell, inform, contact, warn] the police
  3. [phone] the police about a crime
  4. police were [controlling, stopping, monitoring, directing] the traffic
  5. the police are looking for [clues, evidence, drugs, terrorists, smugglers]
  6. the police are [checking, analyzing, examining] evidence
  7. the police are patrolling the [streets, neighborhood, town]
  8. the police were called to the [home, scene, building]
  9. the police [searched, examined, entered, raided] the building
  10. (the) police have appealed for [help, information, calm]
  11. (the) police [held back, fought, faced] the [rioters, crowd, protesters]
  12. the police surrounded the [gang, suspect, building]
  13. the police [arrived, rushed] to the scene
  14. the [crook, criminal, robber] was caught by (the) police
  15. caught, apprehended, arrested, shot] by the police
  16. the police and [fire brigade, firefighters, ambulances]
n as adj
  1. a police [officer, informer, informant, worker]
  2. the police [station, uniform, investigation, force]
  3. [in, dressed in, wearing] police uniform
  4. on police [duty, business]
  5. a heavy police presence [in, at, around]
v
  1. [squad cars, officers, tanks, the army] policed the [area, entrance]
  2. police the [area, town, streets, festival]
  3. was [under, over] -policed
  4. was [properly, effectively, strictly, poorly, heavily, minimally] policed
  5. policed to [ensure, prevent, protect]
  6. police and [enforce, regulate, monitor]
  7. policed by [squad cars]
  8. policed themselves
  9. (stop) policing my [body, tone]
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