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

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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According to the New York Times, some Dolce & Gabbana stores were vandalized with posters alluding to Gabbana's denial of the offensive direct messages attributed to his personal Instagram account. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Everything You Need to Know About Dolce & Gabbana's Canceled Shanghai Fashion Show," 26 Nov. 2018 And Kate’s older brother, teenager Teddy (Judah Lewis), is falling into generic juvenile delinquency, which The Christmas Chronicles illustrates not by having him smoke or vandalize something but by having him steal cars. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles introduces a Santa who can get it," 23 Nov. 2018 Gaffney is accused of vandalizing the car of former Eagles teammate Lito Sheppard in June. Rob Tornoe,, "Weird feud between 2 former Eagles players leads to criminal case," 6 July 2018 Burns and Young said the initiative has faced some concerns, including worries about fruit produced from trees planted in city soil and the risk of young people or vagrants vandalizing the trees. Susan Langenhennig,, "The Who Dat Nation decks out houses in playoffs pride," 10 Jan. 2018 Two teenagers were arrested and charged with criminal mischief after allegedly vandalizing Friendswood High School on Independence Day. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Vandals cause more than $7,000 in damages to Friendswood High School," 12 July 2018 Every now and then someone vandalizes one or more of the rocks with a splash of paint. Susan Dunne,, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018 On June 18, Brookline police received a report that someone had vandalized an art installation at the top of a hill at Larz Anderson Park, removing five spheres. Emily Sweeney,, "Where the animals own the streets," 22 June 2018 Criminal damage Someone vandalized a picture and other display items in front of St. Norbert Catholic Church, 1809 Walters Avenue, on April 13, police said. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Police: Picture vandalized in front of St. Norbert Catholic Church in Northbrook," 24 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 \
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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