burglary

noun
bur·​glary | \ ˈbər-glə-rē also -gə-lə-rē also -gəl-rē How to pronounce burglary (audio) \
plural burglaries

Definition of burglary

: the act of breaking and entering a dwelling at night to commit a felony (such as theft) broadly : the entering of a building with the intent to commit a crime

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Other Words from burglary

burglarious \ ˌbər-​ˈgler-​ē-​əs How to pronounce burglarious (audio) \ adjective
burglariously adverb

Examples of burglary in a Sentence

There have been a number of burglaries in the neighborhood in recent months. He has been charged with attempted burglary.

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Silva-Corona had been convicted of criminal conspiracy in Colorado 20 years before the crash and pleaded guilty in 2002 to charges related to burglary assault, but was not deported. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "'I give no inch to these racists': Arizona congressional delegation reacts to Trump's tweets," 14 July 2019 Angela McCraw-Hester, 37, was arrested in 2017 in the June 10, 2016, killing and has been charged with aggravated murder and first-degree burglary. oregonlive.com, "Man accused in ex-wife’s Gresham death told cops his current wife was ‘guilty’ of killing her, records show," 11 July 2019 Raheen Clintin Clay, 24, was arrested about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and charged with several burglaries in Florida and Iowa. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Wilton Manors burglary suspect tracked down in Chicago, police say," 10 July 2019 Many times, those burglaries happen along major highways, such as Loop 410, U.S. 281 and I-10, said Ramos, with SAPD. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Reports of gun thefts in San Antonio taper off after recent spike," 9 July 2019 In all, police estimate that Moore stole between $200,000- $300,000 in cash from the ATM burglaries. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Southington police: Man used “Jaws of Life” to pry open Connecticut ATMs and steal up to $300,000," 8 July 2019 Police said the dog bit the man, who was armed with a pistol that was stolen from a previous burglary, police said. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Suspect out on bond for capital murder charge arrested in carjacking at Houston apartment," 2 July 2019 Police later found a blue price tag that matched one of the guns from the Montgomery burglary in her home, charging documents said. baltimoresun.com, "In deadly Maryland gun store heist, burglars were warned cops were coming. Police say they persisted anyway.," 18 June 2019 Bishop Cornelius Bower supported the ordinance and said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit had told him that many guns on the street come from residential burglaries. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Proposed city law would require gun owners to lock away firearms at home," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of burglary

circa 1523, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of burglary was circa 1523

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burglary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of burglary

: the act of illegally entering a building in order to steal things

burglary

noun
bur·​glary | \ ˈbər-glə-rē How to pronounce burglary (audio) \
plural burglaries

Kids Definition of burglary

: the act of breaking into a building especially at night with the intent to commit a crime (as theft)

burglary

noun
bur·​glary | \ ˈbər-glə-rē How to pronounce burglary (audio) \
plural burglaries

Legal Definition of burglary

: the act of breaking and entering an inhabited structure (as a house) especially at night with intent to commit a felony (as murder or larceny) also : the act of entering or remaining unlawfully (as after closing to the public) in a building with intent to commit a crime (as a felony)

Note: The crime of burglary was originally defined under the common law to protect people, since there were other laws (as those defining larceny and trespass) that protected property. State laws have broadened the common-law crime. Entering at night is often no longer required and may be considered an aggravating factor. The building may be something other than a dwelling, such as a store or pharmacy. Some states (as Louisiana) have included vehicles under their burglary statute. There are degrees of burglary, and some of the usual aggravating factors are the presence of people and use of a deadly weapon.

Other Words from burglary

burglarious \ ˌbər-​ˈglar-​ē-​əs How to pronounce burglarious (audio) \ adjective

History and Etymology for burglary

Anglo-French burglarie, modification of Medieval Latin burgaria, from burgare to break into (a house)

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