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 The emotional shock of being burglarized is rarely discussed. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "The Rise and Fall of an All-Star Crew of Jewel Thieves," 17 Dec. 2019 According to one incident report obtained by USA TODAY Sports, which coincides with the police report numbers on Josh LeBlanc's restraining order request, a victim reported that three males burglarized their residence. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "'We'll send people after you': Details of alleged incidents involving Georgetown basketball players emerge," 7 Dec. 2019 Sugar Land police are actively searching for man who burglarized 3 local churches – Sugar Land Family Church, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, and Faith Lutheran Church. Cyndi Schramm, Houston Chronicle, "Caught on camera: Man suspected of burglarizing 3 Sugar Land churches is wanted by police," 16 Oct. 2019 Photographs taken from video surveillance cameras show a suspect burglarizing the Jack’s restaurant in Meridianville on Jan. 19. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Deputies look for suspect who allegedly broke into a burger restaurant," 22 Jan. 2020 Christian Moffett, the drug-dealing, gun-toting, burglarizing son of former state Rep. Phil Moffett, who has numerous convictions over the past three years – some of them this past April. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "By pardoning rapists and killers, former governor Matt Bevin showed us who he really is," 13 Dec. 2019 Two Milwaukee men have been arrested for allegedly burglarizing three Whitefish Bay homes in a two-night period. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Whitefish Bay residents wake up to find burglar in house," 11 Dec. 2019 It was later discovered the items belonged to a residence within the 3600 block of Sunset that was discovered burglarized. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 25 Nov. 2019 Burglary: Sugar Ridge Road On Oct. 19, a mower repair shop reported that the business had been vandalized and burglarized. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Business burglarized, vehicle stolen: North Ridgeville Police Blotter," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of burglarize

1840, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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12 Feb 2020

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“Burglarize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burglarize?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=burgla02. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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