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  1. pa·trol
    IPA[pəˈtrōl]
  2. noun

    • 1. an expedition to keep watch over an area, especially by guards or police walking or driving around at regular intervals:

      we were ordered to investigate on a night patrol
      Synonym : vigil, guard, watch, monitoring, policing, beat, beat-pounding, patrolling, round, sentry duty, reconnoiter, surveillance, survey, examination, recce
    • 2. a person or group of people sent to keep watch over an area:

      a police patrol stopped the man and searched him
    • 3. the action of keeping watch over an area by walking or driving around it at regular intervals:

      the policemen were on patrol when they were ordered to investigate the incident
    • 4. a routine operational voyage of a ship or aircraft:

      a submarine patrol
      Synonym : patrolman/patrolwoman, sentinel, sentry, garrison, defender, detail, scout, scouting party, task force, escort, convoy
    • 5. a unit of six to eight Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts forming part of a troop:

      break the Cubs into sixes and Scouts into patrols

    verb

    • 1. keep watch over (an area) by regularly walking or traveling around or through it:

      the garrison had to patrol the streets to maintain order
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: patrol, plural noun: patrols

    • noun

      an expedition to keep watch over an area, especially by guards or police walking or driving around at regular intervals:

      a person or group of people sent to keep watch over an area:

    • verb

      keep watch over (an area) by regularly walking or travelling around it:
    • noun

      a patrol sent to keep watch over an area along a country's border.

      an agency within the US Department of Homeland Security responsible for preventing the entry of illegal aliens as well as terrorists and their weapons into the United States.

    • noun

      a police van for transporting prisoners.
    • noun

      a police car used used for patrolling the streets:
    • noun

      a patrol sent to keep watch over an area along a country's border.

      an agency within the US Department of Homeland Security responsible for preventing the entry of illegal immigrants as well as terrorists and their weapons into the United States.

    • noun

      an expedition to keep watch over an area by regularly walking around it, especially as conducted by soldiers or police:

      a group of people, especially soldiers or police, sent to keep watch over an area by regularly walking around it:

    • noun

      a police car used used for patrolling the streets:
    • noun

      a group of military or police helicopters that keep watch over an area by regularly flying over it:
    • noun

      a law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing laws that govern the use of motor vehicles on public roads:
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