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 for police
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Police \Po*lice"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Policed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Policing.]
     1. To keep in order by police.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Mil.) To make clean; as, to police a camp.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Police \Po*lice"\, n. [F., fr. L. politia the condition of a
     state, government, administration, Gr. ?, fr. ? to be a
     citizen, to govern or administer a state, fr. ? citizen, fr.
     ? city; akin to Skr. pur, puri. Cf. Policy polity,
     Polity.]
     1. A judicial and executive system, for the government of a
        city, town, or district, for the preservation of rights,
        order, cleanliness, health, etc., and for the enforcement
        of the laws and prevention of crime; the administration of
        the laws and regulations of a city, incorporated town, or
        borough.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. That which concerns the order of the community; the
        internal regulation of a state.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. The organized body of civil officers in a city, town, or
        district, whose particular duties are the preservation of
        good order, the prevention and detection of crime, and the
        enforcement of the laws.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. (Mil.) Military police, the body of soldiers detailed to
        preserve civil order and attend to sanitary arrangements
        in a camp or garrison.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. The cleaning of a camp or garrison, or the state ? a camp
        as to cleanliness.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Police commissioner, a civil officer, usually one of a
        board, commissioned to regulate and control the
        appointment, duties, and discipline of the police.
  
     Police constable, or Police officer, a policeman.
  
     Police court, a minor court to try persons brought before
        it by the police.
  
     Police inspector, an officer of police ranking next below a
        superintendent.
  
     Police jury, a body of officers who collectively exercise
        jurisdiction in certain cases of police, as levying taxes,
        etc.; -- so called in Louisiana. --Bouvier.
  
     Police justice, or Police magistrate, a judge of a police
        court.
  
     Police offenses (Law), minor offenses against the order of
        the community, of which a police court may have final
        jurisdiction.
  
     Police station, the headquarters of the police, or of a
        section of them; the place where the police assemble for
        orders, and to which they take arrested persons.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  police
      n 1: the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking
           for him" [syn: police, police force, constabulary,
           law]
      v 1: maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol [syn:
           patrol, police]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  107 Moby Thesaurus words for "police":
     Cheka, FBI, Gestapo, Interpol, MP, MVD, Mounties, NKVD, OGPU, RCMP,
     SP, Scotland Yard, administer, arm, armor, bless, bull, champion,
     clean up, clear the decks, clear up, cloak, compass about,
     constabulary, control, cop, copper, copyright, county police,
     cover, cushion, defend, enforce, ensure, fence, fend, fix up, fuzz,
     groom, guarantee, guard, harbor, haven, heat, highway patrol,
     insure, keep, keep from harm, keep guard, keep vigil, keep watch,
     law enforcement agency, make safe, man, military police, monitor,
     mount guard, neaten, nestle, observe, officer, oversee, patent,
     patrol, peace officer, police force, police officer, police up,
     political police, posse, protect, provincial police, put in trim,
     register, regulate, ride shotgun for, riot police, safeguard,
     screen, secret police, secure, security force, shelter, shield,
     shore patrol, shroud, special police, spruce, spruce up,
     stand guard, stand sentinel, state police, straighten up,
     supervise, tactical police, the cops, the fuzz, tidy, tidy up,
     trig up, trim, trim up, troopers, underwrite, vigilance committee,
     vigilantes, watch
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  POLICE, n.  An armed force for protection and participation.
  

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