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 Stations have been vandalized so frequently in recent weeks that there is a shortage of parts needed for repairs, the rail union has said. Washington Post, "Under Hong Kong’s streets, the subway becomes a battleground for protesters and police," 12 Sep. 2019 Others claim their election-year yard signs touting Democratic candidates have been vandalized or obscured by dozens of signs for Republican candidates. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Education, voter outreach at center of mission of Democratic Club of The Woodlands," 30 Aug. 2019 But over the years, the memorial commemorating his death has been repeatedly vandalized—first stolen, then shot at, then shot at again, according to Nicole Chavez, Martin Savidge and Devon M. Sayers of CNN. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Due to Repeated Vandalism, Emmett Till Memorial to Be Replaced with Bulletproof Sign," 30 July 2019 Merz said the plaque there has been vandalized many times over the years, and the targets have been presidents on both sides of the aisle. Cameron Knight,, "Vandal lists 'Putin' as 45th president on Eden Park monument," 2 July 2019 Suarez was also charged with vandalizing at least $400 worth of the victim’s property. Alejandro Serrano,, "3 accused of beating, kidnapping teen in suspected hate crime in San Bruno plead not guilty," 11 Sep. 2019 Lam on Monday visited a subway station vandalized by protesters in an unusual public appearance. Washington Post, "Hong Kong tells US to stay out; students form protest chains," 10 Sep. 2019 Lam on Monday visited a subway station vandalized by protesters in an unusual public appearance., "The silent protest came as the Hong Kong government condemned the ‘‘illegal behavior of radical protesters’’ and warned the United States to stay out of its affairs.," 10 Sep. 2019 In this 1919 photo provided by the Chicago History Museum, a crowd gathers at a house that has been vandalized and looted during the race riots in Chicago. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "100 years ago, white mobs across the country attacked black people. And they fought back," 27 July 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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16 Oct 2019

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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 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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to spread as a report or rumor

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