policy

policy
pol|i|cy [ `paləsi ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount 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.
pursue/operate/implement a policy: The new president is expected to pursue a pro-environmental policy.
policy on/regarding: What is the party's policy on immigration?
policy for: The company has outlined its policies for future mineral development.
shift/change/reversal of policy: In an apparent reversal of policy, the foundation agreed to fund the project.
foreign/housing etc. policy: the state's economic policy
the cornerstone/central plank of a policy: We will make human rights the cornerstone of our foreign policy.
policy of (=having the character of something): a policy of appeasement/rearmament/neutrality
policy toward: Soviet policy toward Afghanistan
be in line/in accordance/in keeping with a policy: The college will be expanding in line with the Board's policy to enlarge the student body.
formulate/develop a policy: The government has undertaken to formulate new anti-racist policies.
a ) only before noun relating to policies:
What are their policy objectives?
interviews with influential policy makers
2. ) count a contract between an insurance company and a person or organization:
Read the wording of your policy very carefully.
3. ) count or uncount a principle or set of ideas that you think is sensible or wise:
Honesty is the best policy.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • policy — pol·i·cy 1 / pä lə sē/ n pl cies: an overall plan, principle, or guideline; esp: one formulated outside of the judiciary obligated to consider legislative policy on the matter in their decision policy 2 n pl cies: a contract of insurance; also:… …   Law dictionary

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  • Policy — Pol i*cy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Policied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Policying}.] To regulate by laws; to reduce to order. [Obs.] Policying of cities. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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