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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
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a principle or set of ideas that you think is sensible or wise
    Honesty is the best policy.
  3. 3
    [countable] a contract between an insurance company and a person or organization
    Read the wording of your policy very carefully.


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