patrol - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a group of people or vehicles that move around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime

    He was arrested for shooting at an army patrol.

    a patrol boat/vehicle

    foot patrol (=people walking, not in vehicles):

    Every police car and foot patrol was watching out for him.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the movement of a patrol around a place

      The goods were discovered during a routine patrol.

      on patrol:

      Many police officers will be on patrol during the carnival.

  2. 2
    [countable] a small group of Girl Guides or Boy Scouts