verb (used with object), bur·glar·ized, bur·glar·iz·ing.

to break into and steal from: Thieves burglarized the warehouse.

verb (used without object), bur·glar·ized, bur·glar·iz·ing.

to commit burglary.

Nearby words

  1. burghul,
  2. burglar,
  3. burglar alarm,
  4. burglarious,
  5. burglariously,
  6. burglarproof,
  7. burglary,
  8. burgle,
  9. burgomaster,
  10. burgonet

Also especially British, bur·glar·ise.

Origin of burglarize

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; burglar + -ize

Related formsun·bur·glar·ized, adjective

Can be confusedburglarize mug rip off rob steal (see synonym study at rob)

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(tr) US and Canadian to break into (a place) and steal from (someone); burgle
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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]
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