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Examples of burgle in a Sentence
someone burgled the lab when no one was there and let the animals out of their cages
the neighbors returned from vacation to find that their house had been burgled
Recent Examples of burgle from the Web
The office of the chief justice of South Africa’s highest court was burgled in March.
Christopher Knight was a thief who burgled private properties more than a thousand times and robbed their owners of peace of mind.
Somehow, Gedney had crept into these quiet, throwaway scenes and burgled them for his camera.
FBI agents sent to Albania to teach the locals about crime investigation now have some real material to work with: The Tirana office which the bureau rented, next to the presidential palace on the capital’s main boulevard, was burgled Tuesday night.
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Did You Know?
Burglary, which means "forcible entry into a building especially at night with the intent to commit a crime (as theft)," and "burglar" ("one who commits burglary") have been with us since the 16th century. "Burgle" and its synonym "burglarize" didn't break into the language until the 19th century, however, arriving almost simultaneously around 1870. "Burgle" is a back-formation (that is, a word formed by removing a suffix or prefix) from "burglar." "Burglarize" comes from "burglar" as well, with the addition of the familiar "-ize" ending. Both verbs were once disparaged by grammarians ("burgle" was considered to be "facetious" and "burglarize" was labeled "colloquial"), but they are now generally accepted. "Burglarize" is slightly more common in American English, whereas "burgle" seems to be preferred in British English.
Origin and Etymology of burgle
First Known Use: 1867See Words from the same year
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