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Definition of "burglarize" [burglarize]

  • To enter and steal from (a building or other premises). (verb-transitive)
  • To commit burglary against: The second-floor tenants have been burglarized twice. (verb-transitive)
  • To commit burglary. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "burglarize" in a sentence
  • "[...] which was supplied in a subsequent comment, the trisyllabic burglarize is preferred to the tidy burgle in U.S. English."
  • "Roosevelt, who could be ruthless when it came to fighting foreign enemies on American soil, had given Hoover wide latitude to wiretap, open diplomatic pouches, and burglarize the embassies of hostile, neutral, and even friendly countries."
  • "In U.S. English, burglarize (or - ise) is by far the more common verb, but burgle dominates in British English."