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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An Airbnb renter vandalized a home, jeopardizing the trust critical for a marketplace among strangers. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, June 24," 24 June 2019 But someone vandalized it, smearing it with red paint. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Is the crow on the bakery wall art or graffiti? The baker and the painter see art," 21 June 2019 The fourth green at the golf course at the DeBary Golf and Country Club was vandalized recently when a driver spun donuts over the grass, according to a report from Central Florida Fox affiliate WOFL-Ch. Stephen Ruiz,, "DeBary golf course sustains $5K in damage when driver tears up green: report," 14 June 2019 The man accused of vandalizing President Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star in July entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Smashing Trump’s Walk of Fame star was ‘rightful’ act, suspect says after pleading not guilty," 15 Aug. 2018 The property at 2626 West Loop South was sold in May and has since been emptied and vandalized, KHOU reported. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Zone d’Erotica has shuttered and Twin Peaks could be taking its place," 4 June 2019 Protesters vandalized the Arc de Triomphe, rattling Mr. Macron’s administration and the country. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "France Tops OECD Table as Most Taxed Country," 5 Dec. 2018 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

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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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something desired as essential

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