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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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 On Tuesday night, someone vandalized a wall in Brooklyn, New York, chalking swastikas and racial slurs as children prepared to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Moving On and Making a Difference in the Wake of the Tree of Life Shooting," 2 Nov. 2018 Someone — police never identified a suspect — vandalized Ventura’s Toyota 4Runner in the parking garage of his apartment complex on Madison Avenue near the Country Club Plaza. Vahe Gregorian And Maria Torres, kansascity, "Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress," 6 July 2018 Rowan County Sheriff's Office Unity United Methodist Church on Unity Church Road near Kannapolis, North Carolina, was vandalized early Tuesday, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office said. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Vandal left disgusting and smelly surprise on pastor’s chair at church, NC police say," 11 July 2018 But the 9-page report punts on advising Fischer what to do with the John B. Castleman statue in the Cherokee Triangle, which has been vandalized with orange paint three times since last year's national debate on Confederate monuments first erupted. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Confederate statues 'have no place' in Louisville, panel tells Fischer," 1 July 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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