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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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 At least six people were detained then because of reports of looting, including one incident where a Vietnam veteran's home was burglarized and his medals taken. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "As wildfires empty out neighborhoods, strangers are found slipping in, authorities say," 26 June 2018 Officers were called to his apartment by the man and a roommate who reported being burglarized. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "These 6 body-cam videos have put Mesa police in national spotlight," 15 June 2018 An apartment was burglarized April 18 in the 12300 block of Shadow Creek Parkway, police said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Police investigate cases of criminal mischief," 30 Apr. 2018 Court records show that since 2014, Richards had been charged with abusing a former girlfriend, stealing a pickup truck after wrecking his own vehicle, using a baseball bat to smash a car window and burglarizing a gas station. Luke Meredith, The Seattle Times, "Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city," 19 Sep. 2018 Police in River Forest are investigating after seven cars were reported burglarized during a two-day period last month. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "7 car burglaries reported in 2 days in River Forest, police say," 6 July 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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