patrol

noun
pa·​trol | \ pə-ˈtrōl How to pronounce patrol (audio) \

Definition of patrol

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

patrol

verb
patrolled; patrolling

Definition of patrol (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to carry out a patrol

transitive verb

: to carry out a patrol of

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Other Words from patrol

Verb

patroller noun

Examples of patrol in a Sentence

Noun The guard makes a patrol of the building every hour. Soldiers are on patrol along the border. Army patrols combed the area. Verb The squad had orders to patrol the area. The border is patrolled by the army.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Officers will be on patrol at the NFL Draft Experience – an area in and around FirstEnergy Stadium and North Coast Harbor stretching from West 3rd Street to East 9th Street. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "NFL Draft could jumpstart pandemic-stifled Cleveland hotels, restaurants, bars, Mayor Frank Jackson says," 27 Apr. 2021 When classes are over, Hannibal will be certified as a K-9 handler and Ace will be ready to go out on patrol. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newest K-9 police partner in El Cajon is a real Ace," 25 Apr. 2021 The courthouse was ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and National Guard troops were on patrol. Amy Forliti, Chron, "Out of sight but center stage, jurors weigh Chauvin's fate," 20 Apr. 2021 Ahead of a verdict, some stores were boarded up in Minneapolis, the courthouse was ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and National Guard troops were on patrol. Arkansas Online, "Jury reaches verdict at trial over George Floyd's death," 20 Apr. 2021 The courthouse was ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and National Guard troops were on patrol. chicagotribune.com, "Derek Chauvin verdict: Jury deliberates ex-cop’s fate in George Floyd’s death as a skittish city awaits," 20 Apr. 2021 The courthouse was ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and National Guard troops were on patrol. Fox News, "Jurors weigh Chauvin's fate, staying out of sight but center stage," 20 Apr. 2021 The dueling arguments got underway with some stores boarded up with plywood in Minneapolis, the courthouse ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and National Guard members on patrol. Amy Forliti, Time, "Murder Case Against Derek Chauvin in the Death of George Floyd Goes to the Jury," 19 Apr. 2021 Wenzel and Leonard, who were both on patrol, stopped and joined the encounter. oregonlive, "ACLU files civil rights lawsuit against Ashland police over arrest of Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rest of the unit’s members were later reassigned to other areas of the Sheriff’s Office, with a sergeant and a detective being assigned to patrol while another detective was transferred to the agency’s tourism policing unit. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Osceola Sheriff’s Office does away with gang unit after years of cuts, vacancies," 29 Mar. 2021 Archibald’s company was assigned to patrol an area of the Czechoslovakia-Germany border to defend it from the Soviet Union, which had heavily supported North Korea during the war. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Manchester resident Joe Archibald said military service during Korean War helped keep him on the ‘right track’," 11 Nov. 2020 Eighteen sheriff’s deputies will be joined by 48 other personnel from other Santa Cruz County agencies and neighboring agencies to patrol the San Lorenzo Valley area on Tuesday night, Clark said. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "California Wildfires: Live updates from August 25-26," 3 Sep. 2020 The money would pay off-duty New Orleans police officers to patrol the area, and not the state troopers who have monitored it for five years. Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com, "Packed agenda faces New Orleans City Council on Thursday," 19 Aug. 2020 Over 1,100 Marines, 600 Army soldiers, and 6,500 National Guard troops patrol the streets of Los Angeles. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Los Angeles Riots Fast Facts," 13 Apr. 2021 He is currently assigned to patrol in the city’s North Precinct. oregonlive, "Former Portland police union president resigns from retirement board," 5 Apr. 2021 Cities throughout the region planned to open emergency operations centers and add additional police officers and firefighters to patrol high-risk areas. Olga R. Rodriguez And Christopher Weber, Star Tribune, "1 million could lose power as California winds whip up," 24 Oct. 2020 At a news conference in Tucson, Ariz., last week, Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott said the new wall system, which includes border access roads and lighting, has freed up agents to patrol in more-remote areas. Alicia A. Caldwell And Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Trump Administration Races to Meet Border-Wall Goal," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of patrol

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1648, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for patrol

Verb

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

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Last Updated

29 Apr 2021

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“Patrol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patrol. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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patrol

noun

English Language Learners Definition of patrol

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of patrol (Entry 2 of 2)

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

patrol

noun
pa·​trol | \ pə-ˈtrōl How to pronounce patrol (audio) \

Kids Definition of patrol

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

patrol

verb
patrolled; patrolling

Kids Definition of patrol (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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