• (RP) IPA: /pəˈtɹəʊl/
  • (America) IPA: /pəˈtɹoʊl/


  1. (military) A going of the rounds along the chain of sentinels and between the posts, by a guard, usually consisting of three or four men, to insure greater security from attacks on the outposts.
  2. (military) A movement, by a small body of troops beyond the line of outposts, to explore the country and gain intelligence of the enemy's whereabouts.
  3. (military) The guards who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol.
  4. Any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the people thus guarding.
    a customs patrol
    a fire patrol
    • :
      In France there is an army of patrols to secure her fiscal regulations.
  5. (Scouting) A unit of a troop, usually defined by certain ranks or age groups within the troop.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

patrol (patrols, present participle patrolling; past and past participle patrolled)

  1. (intransitive) To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.
  2. (transitive) To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman
    to patrol a frontier
    to patrol a beat
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: patrulhar
  • Russian: патрули́ровать
  • Spanish: patrullar, hacer la ronda

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