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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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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Four uniformed officers in two patrol cars arrived and were met by a 54-year-old woman who said there was another woman with a knife or razor burglarizing her second-floor apartment, Mr. Shea said at a news conference. Katie Honan, WSJ, "NYPD Officers Fatally Shoot Woman in Queens Home," 17 Sep. 2018 Two former security guards at Holy Name Cathedral have been charged with burglarizing the historic church and stealing as much as $100,000 in collections, according to Chicago police. Jeremy Gorner And Elyssa Cherney, miamiherald, "A church hired them to protect thousands in cash, but up to $100,000 is missing, Chicago cops say | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018 Bank jugging is when thieves watch for potential victims who may have cash, follow them, and then rob or burglarize them. Fox News, "Houston cops search for violent bank jugging suspects," 6 Sep. 2018 Four juveniles were arrested early Friday morning after police found five cars that had been burglarized in the area of Concord Street, West Hartford police said. Mikaela Porter, courant.com, "West Hartford Police: Four Juveniles Arrested After Car Burglaries Near Concord Street," 29 June 2018 The officers then went to a business near Louisiana 70 that sells crawfish and saw it had been burglarized. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Pair caught stealing several sacks of live crawfish: Morgan City police," 7 May 2018 In a statement, the sheriff's department said an officer saw Love running near the area where the car chase had ended, and detectives initially identified him as one of the men seen leaving the house in Tarzana that had been burglarized. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "Black actor held for seven hours after he is mistaken for burglar," 13 June 2018 The man allegedly burglarized a Boost Mobile store in the 3200 block of South Carrollton Avenue, before heading to a Subway restaurant in the 3500 block. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "NOPD searches for man who robbed Boost Mobile store and damaged Subway restaurant," 9 May 2018 The suspect can be seen stealing a car from a driveway, and burglarizing another vehicle. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Baytown police searching for burglary, auto theft suspects," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of burglarize

1840, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of burglarize was in 1840

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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