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 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 An officer trying to deliver munitions to the officers drove a department crime scene van filled up onto the curb just behind the crowd, and people quickly began to vandalize the van, the report said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland’s review of police response to May 30 protest highlights officers’ confusion and mismanagement, sidesteps criticism of use of force," 4 Dec. 2020 Rotating shifts of anti-Trump demonstrators plan to patrol Black Lives Matter Plaza through the weekend, looking for attempts to tear down signs or vandalize protest murals. Washington Post, "Policing protests: Demonstrators say officers are taking sides as D.C. hosts pro-Trump rallies Saturday," 11 Dec. 2020 The police later found Craft in possession of the materials used to vandalize the Pinedas’ property, according to the lawsuit. Washington Post, "Their neighbor allegedly painted a swastika on their driveway. Now they’re getting bullets in the mail.," 13 Nov. 2020 The bill also would increase penalties for those who vandalize property or assault police officers during a protest that turned violent. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Responding to protests, lawmakers want to allow Ohioans to use force to escape a riot," 10 Nov. 2020 Donald Trump hasn’t conducted his campaign to vandalize and stupefy the federal government single-handedly. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: A Biden victory would put an end to Trump appointees vandalizing their own agencies," 3 Nov. 2020 But some used the events to rob stores and vandalize sections of downtown, the Fairfax district, Santa Monica, Long Beach and elsewhere. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "This is how police are preparing for possible election unrest in L.A.," 3 Nov. 2020 According to a news release from Wauwatosa police: The group of protesters began to vandalize his home around 8:05 p.m. Saturday. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Officer Joseph Mensah was physically assaulted by protesters, gunshot fired into his home, Wauwatosa police say," 9 Aug. 2020 On June 26, the president signed an executive order aimed at protecting monuments, promising to prosecute those who might destroy or vandalize them to the fullest extent of the law. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign may display statues at rallies: Report," 8 July 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Vandalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce vandalize (audio)

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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