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[pley-juh-rahyz, -jee-uh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), pla·gia·rized, pla·gia·riz·ing.
  1. to take and use by plagiarism.
  2. to take and use ideas, passages, etc., from (another's work) by plagiarism.
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verb (used without object), pla·gia·rized, pla·gia·riz·ing.
  1. to commit plagiarism.
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Also especially British, pla·gia·rise.

Origin of plagiarize

First recorded in 1710–20; plagiar(ism) + -ize
Related formspla·gia·riz·er, nounun·pla·gia·rized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for plagiarise

Historical Examples

  • Unfortunately, the story had been told before, and Talleyrand did not plagiarise.


    Joseph McCabe

  • If you cannot plagiarise, surely it were better not to quote.

  • She has not hesitated to plagiarise from even so humble an individual as myself.

  • To plagiarise these folks whom hardly anyone could henceforth read, was to render them service, nay, to pay them too much honour.

    Underground Man

    Gabriel Tarde

  • Now, have you thought of nothing new, for we must not plagiarise even from fashionable novels?

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

British Dictionary definitions for plagiarise



  1. to appropriate (ideas, passages, etc) from (another work or author)
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Derived Formsplagiarizer or plagiariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for plagiarise


alternative (chiefly British) spelling of plagiarize. Related: Plagiarised; plagiarising.

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1716, from plagiary "plagiarist" (see plagiarism) + -ize. Related: Plagiarized; plagiarizing.

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