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noun policy pronunciation in British English /ˈpɒləsi/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a set of plans or actions agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group

    It is not the hospital’s policy to disclose the names of patients.

    foreign/housing etc policy:

    the government’s economic policy

    policy on/regarding:

    What is the party’s policy on immigration?

    policy for:

    The company has set out its policies for future mineral development.

    policy of (=having the character of something):

    a policy of neutrality

    policy towards:

    Soviet policy towards Afghanistan

    formulate/develop a policy:

    The government has undertaken to formulate new anti-racist policies.

    pursue/operate/implement a policy:

    The new government is expected to pursue a vigorous environmental policy.

    be in line/in accordance/in keeping with a policy:

    The college will be expanding in line with the government’s policy to increase student numbers.

    shift/change/reversal of policy:

    In an apparent reversal of policy, the government agreed to fund the project.

    the cornerstone/central plank of a policy:

    We will make human rights the cornerstone of our foreign policy.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to policies

      What are their policy objectives?

      interviews with government policy makers


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