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


knock over, rip off, rob, steal (from)

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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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However, evidence at the scene led detectives to believe the structure was burglarized — with Snowball being taken — before the fire began, Sumter Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rare white alligator stolen after fire kills 43 other reptiles at 'Swamp Brothers' sanctuary, authorities say," 26 June 2018 DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, is believed to be the East Area Rapist who killed at least 12 people, raped over 45 women and burglarized hundreds of homes throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Suspected Golden State Killer Was Nabbed by DNA Obtained in Hobby Lobby Parking Lot," 2 June 2018 DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, is believed to be the East Area Rapist who killed at least 12 people, raped over 45 women and burglarized hundreds of homes throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Investigator who used DNA database to catch Golden State Killer suspect will write a book," 2 May 2018 Residents who have had their vehicles burglarized should report any suspicious activity by calling (504) 271-2501. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "9 arrested in string of car thefts, burglaries," 22 Feb. 2018 Police say Harris was waiting in the Jeep while three other teenagers were burglarizing homes in the neighborhood when Caprio arrived. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore judge closes courtroom to public to review juvenile record of teen charged with killing officer," 8 June 2018 Investigators said the suspects saw Davey Blackburn leave his house and seized the opportunity to also burglarize the Blackburn home. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Suspect in Amanda Blackburn slaying takes plea deal, has murder charges dropped," 23 May 2018 Notably, Jones added, that was at the time a criminal called the Visalia Ransacker was burglarizing homes. Tony Bizjak, Anita Chabria, Dale Kasler, Nashelly Chavez And Diana Lambert, sacbee, "He was quirky and complex. But they never thought the former cop next door could be notorious," 25 Apr. 2018 Two additional cars parked on the same block were also burglarized and a radio was reported stolen from one that was left unlocked, according to police. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge police: Garage, three parked cars burglarized," 25 Apr. 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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