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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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 Police are continuing their investigation into the incidents and have stepped up patrols in the area after the incidents, which occurred during the overnight and early morning hours of Sept. 7 and 8. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "’Lock your doors’: Northlake police warn about car break-ins," 16 Sep. 2019 While on special patrol in the lot at Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse following two recent burglaries there, an officer noticed the same car driving slowly past at least three times around 3 a.m. on Sept. 9. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "“Steak-out” nabs a few crooks, scofflaws: Orange Police Blotter," 13 Sep. 2019 Possession of a Controlled Substance: At 2 p.m. on Aug. 10, deputies conducted a foot patrol in the area of N. De Anza Boulevard and Interstate 280 and made contact with the suspect. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino crime report," 11 Sep. 2019 Glasgow, Fitzgerald, Hoell and Kreklow agreed that there can be compounding factors such as more communities having police patrols in different areas, being less lenient in citing drivers or other factors such as detailing the kinds of crashes. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls and Germantown rank top 5 for worst drivers in Wisconsin, according to QuoteWizard insurance," 9 Sep. 2019 To his knowledge, Shattles said, VIPR agents have never themselves arrested anyone while on patrol in Dallas. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "What are Homeland Security agents doing on DART trains and platforms?," 28 Aug. 2019 Long Beach police scheduled extra patrols in high visibility areas following a string of fatal mass shootings in the U.S. in recent days. CBS News, "California man arrested for alleged online threat against Bernie Sanders rally," 7 Aug. 2019 In light of recent mass shootings, the Police Department has scheduled extra patrols in the city and is planning to increase security in high-visibility areas. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "Man arrested after online threat targets Bernie Sanders rally," 6 Aug. 2019 The sheriff’s office purchased six electric bikes at $1,600 apiece — two are being used by deputies to patrol in the county’s parks, trails and lake areas, and four are for patrol in the Rice Street area, according to Fletcher. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "Ramsey County sheriff opens community outreach office in former DQ on St. Paul’s Rice Street," 5 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The region is one of the most heavily militarized in the world, patrolled by soldiers and paramilitary police. Washington Post, "Kashmiris allege night terror by Indian troops in crackdown," 14 Sep. 2019 Every day for 10 months, Knightscope K5 patrolled the parking garage across the street from the city hall in Hayward, California. Wired, "Of Course Citizens Should Be Allowed to Kick Robots," 29 Aug. 2019 This dead spot just off the highway is also patrolled by a friendly trooper (played by Harry Shum Jr.). Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ another remake nobody asked for, and more movies," 22 Aug. 2019 On a cloudy night in April 2017, Chicago police officers patrolling West Englewood noticed a group shooting a makeshift music video in a vacant lot in the South Side neighborhood. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Prosecutors say Tyshawn Lee was lured to his death by gang rivals of his father. Nearly four years later, two men are on trial for his execution-style killing.," 16 Sep. 2019 Among other duties, the team of officers patrolled neighborhoods where gangs were active. Los Angeles Times, "Gang crimes jump in San Diego," 3 Sep. 2019 Three uniformed police officers patrolling the Brownsville neighborhood in an unmarked car spotted the man walking on Howard and Dumont avenues around 2:30 a.m., Chief of Department Terence Monahan said at a news conference. Fox News, "Masked gunman killed in backyard shootout with New York City police," 3 Sep. 2019 Among other duties, the team of officers patrolled neighborhoods where gangs were active. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gang crimes spike in San Diego," 3 Sep. 2019 Business in Bulawayo’s usually bustling downtown was subdued with the most traffic from police trucks, water cannons and dozens of police officers patrolling on foot. Washington Post, "Few demonstrators turn up for Zimbabwe protest in Bulawayo," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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24 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for patrol

The first known use of patrol was in 1648

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patrol

noun
How to pronounce patrol (audio)

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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