[pley-juh-rahyz, -jee-uh-rahyz]

verb (used with object), pla·gia·rized, pla·gia·riz·ing.

to take and use by plagiarism.
to take and use ideas, passages, etc., from (another's work) by plagiarism.

verb (used without object), pla·gia·rized, pla·gia·riz·ing.

to commit plagiarism.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plagiarising

Historical Examples of plagiarising

  • He justifies himself from the charge of plagiarising from Plautus and Naevius8.

  • He now solemnly accuses me of plagiarising the poem he had the vulgarity to attribute to me.


    Oscar Wilde

  • If the Colonel's tale this morning was wonderful to the listener, the author suspected that he was plagiarising.

    Tell England

    Ernest Raymond

  • The nineteenth century was plagiarising the eighteenth, and following precedents whose day was past.

  • I reserve my opinion, from an artist's point of view, on this plagiarising of the words of songs.

    Musicians of To-Day

    Romain Rolland

British Dictionary definitions for plagiarising




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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper