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patrol

pa·trol

patrol

 
 
pronunciation:
p trol
parts of speech:
transitive verb & intransitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun)
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: patrolled, patrolling, patrols
definition: to move regularly and repeatedly along or through (a route, building, or area) for the purpose of maintaining security and order.
The police patrol the area every night.Navy ships are patrolling the coast.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of patrolling.
While on patrol in the neighborhood, the officers spotted the suspect.Patrols of the area have been instigated in order to keep the peace.
definition 2: a person or group, on foot or in vehicles, that patrols.
The young men hid in the alley when they saw the police patrol heading their way.Enemy patrols kept a watch on the island.
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derivation: patroller (n.)