bur·​glar·​ize | \ ˈbər-glə-ˌrīz also ˈbər-gə-lə- How to pronounce burglarize (audio) \
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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Konerman burglarized two homes along the 3100-3300 block of Verona Mudlick, where he was confronted by residents at each stop. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Sheriff: Florence, Kentucky, man burglarized 4 homes in Verona on Friday," 3 Jan. 2020 The affair started to unravel in March 2016, when Myers reported that her home was burglarized and several of her pricey possessions were taken, including her firearm and luxury items, officials said. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Former San Francisco sheriff’s deputy convicted of fraud following romance with inmate," 27 June 2019 By late morning Thursday, police had discovered five vehicles on Ledgewood Road that had been burglarized, police said. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Video shows West Hartford police chasing five juveniles after string of car burglaries," 19 Sep. 2019 Burglary: Bennington Drive On Sept. 5, a Bennington Drive resident called police after returning home to find their house had been burglarized. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Drunk driver skids his way to jail: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 18 Sep. 2019 The son says his father, who was born in Romania, had called him earlier and told him the apartment had been burglarized and his passport, green card, a sword collection and a dining table had been taken. Washington Post, "The Latest: Coroner IDs 2 of 4 California stabbing victims," 9 Aug. 2019 The jury reached the verdict without hearing the details of another explosive allegation: that Lee, the human resources director, made up a story that her City Hall office had been burglarized and a lock on a filing cabinet had been broken. oregonlive, "Chaos in Newberg: Race discrimination lawsuit upends city government," 21 Dec. 2019 Officers went to the club and spoke with employees who confirmed that the concession stand had been burglarized and the candy was missing. Arkansas Online, "South Arkansas man accused of stealing $600 worth of candy," 7 Dec. 2019 After returning home from a shopping trip one day to find their kitchen had been completely trashed, a family living in Warrington, England, thought their home had been burglarized. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Family Thought Their Home Was Robbed — Until Finding Bite Marks Courtesy of ‘Mischievous’ Dog," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of burglarize

1840, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Burglarize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burglarize. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of burglarize

US : to illegally enter (a building) and steal things


transitive verb
bur·​glar·​ize | \ ˈbər-glə-ˌrīz How to pronounce burglarize (audio) \
burglarized; burglarizing

Legal Definition of burglarize

: to commit a burglary at burglarized the apartment

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