burgle

verb bur·gle \ ˈbər-gəl \

Definition of burgle

burgled; burgling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb

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Examples of burgle in a Sentence

  1. someone burgled the lab when no one was there and let the animals out of their cages

  2. the neighbors returned from vacation to find that their house had been burgled

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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

back-formation from burglar


Law Dictionary

burgle

transitive verb bur·gle \ ˈbər-gəl \

legal Definition of burgle

burgled; burgling


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