400 Must Have Words for the TOEFL LESSON 27 - The Police Vocabulary Test
apprehend [ˌæprɪˈhend] v.
→ The police apprehended the robbery suspect as he tried to get on a bus to Chicago.
Parts of speech apprehension n.
ascertain [ˌæsəˈteɪn] v.
To make sure of
→ The police failed to ascertain that the man they arrested was the Gregory Brown they were really looking for.
Usage tips Ascertain is often followed by a that clause.Notice that the root of the word is the adjective certain, meaning “sure.”
bureaucratic [ˌbjʊərəʊˈkrætɪk] adj.
Related to a large organization with a lot of complicated procedures
→ Before I could speak with the chief, I had to go through a bureaucratic runaround of identity checks and written requests.
Usage tips Bureaucratic implies that something is inefficient and unnecessarily complicated.
Parts of speech bureaucracy n.
condemn [kənˈdem] v.
To speak out against something in very strong terms
→ Religious radicals condemned the government for allowing alcohol to be sold in restaurants.
Parts of speech condemnation n.
evidence [ˈevɪdəns] n.
Something that makes the truth of a statement seem more likely
→ The most convincing evidence that Garner robbed the store was a videotape from surveillance cameras.
Parts of speech evidence v., evident adj., evidently adv.
implicate [ˈɪmplɪkeɪt] v.
To suggest that someone was involved in a crime or other wrong behavior
→ No group claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the type of explosive used implicates the Heartland Freedom Militia.
Usage tips Implicate is often followed by in.
Parts of speech implication n.
inquiry [ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ] n.
→ The FBI launched an inquiry into the relationship between organized crime and the trucking company.
Parts of speech inquire v.
intrusively [ɪnˈtruːsɪlɪ] adv.
In a way that brings an unwanted person or thing into someone else’s affairs
→ The new consultant from company headquarters appeared intrusively at meetings, staff parties, and other functions where he was not wanted.
Parts of speech intrude v., intrusion n., intruder n., intrusive adj.
seize [siːz] v.
To take something against its owner’s will
→ Federal agents can seize private homes and other property possibly used in the production or sale of illegal drugs.
Parts of speech seizure n.
surveillance [sərˈveɪləns] n.
A process of watching something or someone for a long time, usually because the person is suspected of something
→ Police surveillance of one suspected car thief resulted in the arrest of a whole gang of carjackers.
Usage tips Surveillance is often followed by an of phrase.