vandalize

verb
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

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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 Property was vandalized, but nothing was reported missing. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 13 Nov. 2019 On Sunday, police fired tear gas and protesters vandalized stores at shopping malls in anti-government demonstrations across Hong Kong. Alice Fung, Anchorage Daily News, "Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire in new escalation in conflict," 11 Nov. 2019 On Sunday, police fired tear gas and protesters vandalized stores at shopping malls in anti-government demonstrations across Hong Kong. Alice Fung, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire," 11 Nov. 2019 The signs have been taken, vandalized, and shot at over and over. BostonGlobe.com, "Donald Trump says we’re witnessing a lynching.," 23 Oct. 2019 Vandalism: Fairmount Road Someone vandalized property on the Butler Campus, it was reported Sept. 26. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "A wild owl is caught and a pet fox escapes: Russell Township Police Blotter," 11 Oct. 2019 On Wednesday night, protesters outraged by the shooting poured into the streets, vandalizing shops, blocking roads and throwing firebombs into a police station. New York Times, "Hong Kong Police, Seen as ‘Hounds After Rabbits,’ Face Rising Rage," 1 Oct. 2019 Police used the water cannon along with tear gas and pepper spray to battle protesters who remained on the streets after the end of an unauthorized rally, vandalizing and setting fire to shops with ties to mainland China. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hong Kong leaders apologize for water cannon use at mosque," 21 Oct. 2019 Violence on city streets swelled on Friday night, when dozens of businesses perceived as pro-Beijing were vandalized and burned. BostonGlobe.com, "HONG KONG — Covering their faces with black surgical masks, Guy Fawkes disguises, dish towels, and even paper bags, tens of thousands in Hong Kong marched in the territory’s two main districts Sunday in defiance of a government ban on face masks, despite fears of violence and pouring rain.," 7 Oct. 2019

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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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Vandalize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vandalized. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for vandalize

vandalize

verb
How to pronounce vandalize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vandalize

: to deliberately destroy or damage (property)

vandalize

verb
van·​dal·​ize | \ ˈvan-də-ˌlīz How to pronounce vandalize (audio) \
vandalized; vandalizing

Kids Definition of vandalize

: to destroy or damage property on purpose

vandalize

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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