verb (used with object), van·dal·ized, van·dal·iz·ing.

to destroy or deface by vandalism: Someone vandalized the museum during the night.

Also especially British, van·dal·ise.

Origin of vandalize

First recorded in 1790–1800; vandal + -ize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of vandalize

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British Dictionary definitions for vandalize




(tr) to destroy or damage (something) by an act of vandalism
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Word Origin and History for vandalize

by 1797, from vandal + -ize. Related: Vandalized; vandalizing.

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