Definition of burglarize in English:


(British burglarise)


  • Enter (a building) illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft; burgle.

    ‘our summer house has been burglarized’
    • ‘After all, if committing murder in D.C. or burglarizing apartments in San Francisco meant losing one's freedom, there'd be far fewer killers and burglars.’
    • ‘A gang of South Americans burglarized tourist hotel rooms in popular tourist locations around Thailand.’
    • ‘Were you present the night the store was burglarized?’
    • ‘Criminals seldom travel far to find homes to burglarize, and violent crimes tend to be committed against friends and family members.’
    • ‘Another's truck was burglarized and the stolen handgun was used to wound a 7-year-old.’
    • ‘Nearly half say they or an immediate family member have had their home broken into or burglarized.’
    • ‘Did you know that many of the homes that have been burglarized didn't have their security systems turned on?’
    • ‘This particular home was already burglarized once; the damage done to the door so extensive it needed new locks.’
    • ‘She also said important documents related to her allegations were stolen after her house was burglarized.’
    • ‘Honestly, what kind of dunce criminal would decide to not burglarize some place just because the radio is on and playing some light jazz?’
    • ‘Oh, by the way, if you have a safe and find your home burglarized, be on the look-out for a return visit.’
    • ‘Our stores get burglarized… it's rarely done by the homeless.’
    • ‘Authorities are seeking two men who allegedly ran over and killed a railroad police dog after burglarizing railroad freight cars on Chicago's South Side.’
    • ‘Can you imagine burglarizing the house across the street and then being suspected of the murder?’
    • ‘If you catch someone burglarizing your home, it's not legal for you to follow her home and shoot her.’
    • ‘A stylish and street-smart thief tries to burglarise a billionaire.’
    • ‘They then proceeded to burglarize the adjacent apartment, carrying their spoils back through the wall.’
    • ‘You've heard all the stories about homes being burglarized, cleaned out while the owners were away.’
    • ‘You would be surprised at how many homes are burglarized because a future burglar saw your address on your luggage at the airport.’
    • ‘He walked into the bedroom and discovered it was being burglarized.’