van·​dal·​ize | \ ˈvan-də-ˌlīz How to pronounce vandalize (audio) \
vandalized; vandalizing

Definition of vandalize

transitive verb

: to subject to vandalism : damage

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vandalization \ ˌvan-​də-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce vandalize (audio) \ noun

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Examples of vandalize in a Sentence

Our car was vandalized in the parking lot. he decided to vandalize the store because the owner had kicked him out
Recent Examples on the Web TikTok has been in the news a lot lately with some crazy challenges, urging users to scale a stack of milk crates and not break any bones, or to slap their teacher or to vandalize schools. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2021 Antiabortion activists have continued to vandalize the clinic and stalk its staff. Caroline Kitchener And Casey Parks, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Dec. 2021 Mass tourism degrades fragile landscapes and visitors to Utah’s redrock country sometimes vandalize or loot archeological sites. The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Oct. 2021 When visiting public parklands — whether national, state, or local — stay on the marked trails, always dispose of any trash properly, don't vandalize, keep your distance from wildlife, and be mindful of other guests. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 3 Nov. 2021 The popular TikTok app has gotten its share of criticism, most recently as the bulletin board for users’ viral campaigns to vandalize school property. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 Carroll said Lake Station has installed cameras monitored by the city’s police, and will be actively looking for anyone tempted to vandalize the area. Carole Carlson,, 15 Oct. 2021 Some even shared photos online of the family graves of Evergrande founder Hui Ka Yan, located at his ancestral home in the central province of Henan, exhorting people to go and vandalize them. Time, 17 Sep. 2021 The school — along with many others around the country — sustained significant damage last month by students taking part in a TikTok challenge to vandalize bathrooms. Don Stacom,, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of vandalize

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vandalize

vandal + -ize

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25 Dec 2021

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“Vandalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of vandalize

: to deliberately destroy or damage (property)


van·​dal·​ize | \ ˈvan-də-ˌlīz How to pronounce vandalize (audio) \
vandalized; vandalizing

Kids Definition of vandalize

: to destroy or damage property on purpose


transitive verb
van·​dal·​ize | \ ˈvand-ᵊl-ˌīz How to pronounce vandalize (audio) \
vandalized; vandalizing

Legal Definition of vandalize

: to subject to vandalism

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