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[bur-gluh-rahyz] /ˈbɜr gləˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), burglarized, burglarizing.
to break into and steal from:
Thieves burglarized the warehouse.
verb (used without object), burglarized, burglarizing.
to commit burglary.
Also, especially British, burglarise.
Origin of burglarize
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75; burglar + -ize
Related forms
unburglarized, adjective
Can be confused
burglarize, mug, rip off, rob, steal (see synonym study at rob) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for burglarize
Historical Examples
  • Use of false or unauthorized words, as burglarize or supremest.

    Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • The point is that by this time Daniel Crowley has, ah, infiltrated the institution you expected to burglarize tonight.

    The Common Man Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
  • But one may use such new coinages as burglarize, home-run, and diner rather freely.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • You'd have thought you was fixed out to burglarize a restaurant before you could get your grub.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • It is absurd to say that one inherits the tendency to rob or rape or burglarize or kill.

British Dictionary definitions for burglarize


(transitive) (US & Canadian) to break into (a place) and steal from (someone); burgle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for burglarize

1865, American English, from burglary + -ize. Related: Burglarized; burglarizing.

We see in a telegraphic despatch from across the boundary line that a store was "burglarized" a short time ago. We are sorry that any thing so dreadful should have happened to any of our inventive cousins. Truly the American language is "fearfully and wonderfully made." ["Upper Canada Law Journal," September 1865, p.228]

Burglarize, to, a term creeping into journalism. "The Yankeeisms donated, collided, and burglarized have been badly used up by an English magazine writer." (Southern Magazine, April, 1871.) The word has a dangerous rival in the shorter burgle. [Maximilian Schele De Vere, "Americanisms; The English of the New World," 1872]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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