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patrol

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noun pa·trol \ pə-ˈtrōl \

Definition of patrol

1 a :the action of traversing a district or beat or of going the rounds along a chain of guards for observation or the maintenance of security
b :the person performing such an action
c :a unit of persons or vehicles employed for reconnaissance, security, or combat
2 :a subdivision of a Boy Scout troop or Girl Scout troop

Examples of patrol in a Sentence

  1. The guard makes a patrol of the building every hour.

  2. Soldiers are on patrol along the border.

  3. Army patrols combed the area.

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First Known Use of patrol

1664


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patrol

verb

Definition of patrol

patrolled; patrolling
intransitive verb
:to carry out a patrol
transitive verb
:to carry out a patrol of

patroller

noun

Examples of patrol in a Sentence

  1. The squad had orders to patrol the area.

  2. The border is patrolled by the army.

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Origin and Etymology of patrol

French patrouiller, from Middle French, to tramp around in the mud, from patte paw — more at patten



PATROL Defined for English Language Learners

patrol

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noun

Definition of patrol for English Language Learners

  • : the act of walking or going around or through an area, building, etc., in order to make sure that it is safe : the act of patrolling an area

  • : a group of people, vehicles, etc., that go through an area to make sure that it is safe : a group that patrols an area


patrol

verb

Definition of patrol for English Language Learners

  • : to walk or go around or through (an area, building, etc.) especially in order to make sure that it is safe


PATROL Defined for Kids

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patrol

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noun pa·trol \ pə-ˈtrōl \

Definition of patrol for Students

1 :the action of going around an area to make sure that it is safe
2 :a person or group going around an area to make sure that it is safe
3 :a part of a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop

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patrol

verb

Definition of patrol for Students

patrolled; patrolling
:to go around an area for the purpose of watching or protecting


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