van·dal·ize | \ˈvan-də-ˌlīz \
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 \ 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

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There is not an institution or custom or alliance or constitutional norm Trump won’t vandalize at a second’s notice. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 2018 An irate customer was caught on surveillance vandalizing a nail salon in Missouri on Friday. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Police search for irate customer caught on surveillance camera vandalizing nail salon," 25 June 2018 October 2016 Assault and battery of a pregnant woman, strangulation or suffocation of a pregnant woman, and vandalizing property., "Latanowich faced litany of charges," 14 Apr. 2018 Since the mural went up, though, it had been targeted and vandalized by angry Lakers fans on multiple occasions. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Artist completely paints over his LeBron James Lakers mural in Los Angeles," 11 July 2018 Lead Custodian Johnny Kirk said classrooms have been broken into and vandalized over several weekends since June 9. Ramona Sentinel, "Vandals ransack classrooms at James Dukes Elementary School," 11 July 2018 However, people continued vandalizing the mural, so Never painted over it. Jenna West,, "Artist Paints Over LeBron James 'King of LA' Mural After Repeated Vandalism," 11 July 2018 In addition, two white men came to her store and knocked books and other items to the floor, and then her store windows were vandalized by racist graffiti. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Carol McNeal, who built a library of black experience at Sacramento bookstore, dies at 86," 10 July 2018 Looters pillaged, burned and vandalized shops in Haiti’s capital Sunday after two days of violent protests over the government’s attempt to raise fuel prices. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 8, 2018," 8 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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The first known use of vandalize was in 1832

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English Language Learners Definition of vandalize

: to deliberately destroy or damage (property)


van·dal·ize | \ˈvan-də-ˌlīz \
vandalized; vandalizing

Kids Definition of vandalize

: to destroy or damage property on purpose


transitive verb
van·dal·ize | \ˈvand-ᵊl-ˌīz \
vandalized; vandalizing

Legal Definition of vandalize 

: to subject to vandalism

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evasion of direct action or statement

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