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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Other Words from vandalize

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

Synonyms for vandalize


deface, trash

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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

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But then the local NPR affiliate, WLRN, revealed earlier this month that Mr. Cruz had been referred to the program as a middle school student in 2013, after he was caught vandalizing a school bathroom. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Parkland Parents Run for School Board, Saying District Let Gunman ‘Slip Through the Cracks’," 15 May 2018 In that case, police said someone vandalized the office between Feb. 10 and Feb. 12. Karen Kucher,, "Police investigate Planned Parenthood office in Pacific Beach hit by vandalism," 2 Apr. 2018 Various high-profile cabinet members had their accounts vandalized, while two cabinet members reportedly received prank calls because of the vulnerability. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Conference app for the UK’s Conservative Party leaked attendee data," 30 Sep. 2018 The Sheriff’s Office and State Police report: Abingdon Vehicles were vandalized Monday in the 1300 block of Governor Court. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Harford County police blotter," 22 Mar. 2018 Portable bathrooms were vandalized and toilet paper rolls were stolen. Washington Post, "Loudoun County," 4 June 2018 The John Brown statue recently vandalized was dedicated in 1911. kansascity, "Vandals may have defaced John Brown statue, but they can’t scar Quindaro’s significance," 19 Mar. 2018 Both Dauber and Persky received threats during the campaign, anti-recall signs were vandalized and a lawyer for Dauber notified Cordell that she would be sued for defamation. Maura Dolan,, "Brock Turner judge recall will discourage others from being lenient, experts say," 6 June 2018 Confederate monuments were vandalized across North Carolina and other states after a deadly confrontation between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. Joe Marusak And Gavin Off, charlotteobserver, "NC panel reviews potential for Confederate monuments removal from Capitol grounds," 12 Jan. 2018

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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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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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