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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Officer Quimby arrived at 0913 hours and met with the victim who stated his vehicle was burglarized sometime between 2 p.m. June 18 and 7:30 a.m. June 19. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 1 July 2019 Two people recently charged with burglarizing homes being shown during open houses in Huntington Beach may be connected to similar offenses in other Orange County cities, including Laguna Beach, authorities said Wednesday. Julia Sclafani, latimes.com, "Pair charged with open-house burglaries in H.B. are suspected of similar crimes in Laguna Beach," 26 June 2019 Four people have been arrested after allegedly burglarizing a series of celebrity homes, including Rihanna's, in Los Angeles. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "3 Teenagers Were Arrested for Allegedly Robbing Rihanna, Christina Milian, and Other Celebrities," 3 Oct. 2018 By Fort Worth police are asking the public for help to find a man suspected of stealing a car and burglarizing four others. Jack Howland, star-telegram, "Fort Worth police searching for suspect in car theft, burglaries," 4 June 2019 O’Neill was responding to reports of cars being burglarized. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete Buttigieg," 23 June 2019 O'Neill was responding to reports of cars being burglarized. Matt Pearce, Anchorage Daily News, "Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete Buttigieg," 23 June 2019 The boys then ditched their guns and changed their clothes, before stealing an SUV in St. Louis Park later that night and burglarizing a pair of cellphone stores, the juvenile petition said. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "2 teens charged with fatally shooting driver in attempted Minneapolis carjacking," 17 June 2019 Two Batavia homes were burglarized between June 7 and 10 with the intruder entering through the garage door, police said, including one where the homeowners actually talked with the burglar. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Batavia homeowners talk to burglar they thought was their son," 11 June 2019

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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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