bur·​glar·​ize | \ˈbər-glə-ˌrīz also ˈbər-gə-lə- \
burglarized; burglarizing

Definition of burglarize 

transitive verb

1 : to break into and steal from burglarize a house

2 : to commit burglary against

intransitive verb

: to commit burglary

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Synonyms for burglarize


break in, burgle

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Examples of burglarize in a Sentence

the Watergate scandal began when Republican operatives burglarized the Democratic Party's headquarters in Washington, D.C. before they were caught, the thieves had burglarized dozens of houses around the city

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Earlier this month, John Mayer's mansion was burglarized and thoroughly ransacked, with a group of thieves getting away with about $200,000 worth of music equipment and other personal property. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Reportedly Victim of Attempted Robbery," 22 Aug. 2018 Police also said a garage was burglarized and a vehicle was stolen during the spree. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crime alert for Germantown after 16 reports of vehicle thefts in one night," 13 July 2018 An unlocked car parked in a driveway on the 1500 block of Courtland Avenue was burglarized overnight between June 23 and June 24, but nothing appeared to be missing, police said. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge police: Woman charged with stealing from employer," 3 July 2018 On June 10, 2018, the Elk Grove Discount Wine and Liquor store was burglarized after two people backed an SUV up to the business's doors, tied a rope onto the doors and forced them open with the vehicle, police say. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Police want these Elk Grove lottery ticket burglars. Here's what you need to know," 28 June 2018 The house was burglarized June 6, the Sheriff's Office said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Records: Man caught with slain couple's car said he got it from someone else," 22 June 2018 The tusk was on display when the center was burglarized March 8. Washington Post, "Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk," 19 June 2018 The Garretts had a tough first year, as their place was burglarized last summer. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Lake County News-Sun, "Bon Voyage restaurant is realization of longtime dream of Antioch owners," 18 June 2018 In late June, the suspect burglarized two gas stations on the same night, the sheriff's office said on Facebook. Nancy Daly, Cincinnati.com, "Boone sheriff's office seeks to ID 'bandage bandit'," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of burglarize

1840, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of burglarize

: to illegally enter (a building) and steal things


transitive verb
bur·​glar·​ize | \ˈbər-glə-ˌrīz \
burglarized; burglarizing

Legal Definition of burglarize 

: to commit a burglary at burglarized the apartment

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