Definition of burgle in English:

burgle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
  • Enter (a building) illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft.

    ‘our house in London has been burgled’
    North American term burglarize
    • ‘A woman who burgled the homes of two elderly people is beginning a two-year jail sentence.’
    • ‘We are talking about professional criminals who burgle houses purely for the cars.’
    • ‘A Selby pensioner and his sister have expressed their anger and despair after their house was burgled.’
    • ‘If a burglar has a history of breaking through patio doors to burgle a house it's right that a jury should know that when he's in the dock, so that their lawyer cannot claim their client is whiter than white.’
    • ‘But less than a month later on Christmas Eve the pub was burgled and stock taken.’
    • ‘Insurance had also rocketed because of churches being burgled, and heating costs had also soared.’
    • ‘An elderly woman foiled an attempt by con men to burgle her home after she became suspicious and screamed and shouted at them until they left.’
    • ‘He got sucked into trouble and appeared before the courts on charges of failing to stop after an accident, burgling an unoccupied building and kicking a car.’
    • ‘Would you really hesitate to call the police if your home was burgled?’
    • ‘Every hour of every day, 98 homes are burgled and seven homes are hit by fire.’
    • ‘And if a thief can see from the car parked in your drive that you are security-conscious he is less likely to try and burgle your house.’
    • ‘A woman today told of her terror as she fought with an intruder trying to burgle her home at night.’
    • ‘‘This guy was burgling an office building - one of those high-rise jobs,’ Collins explains.’
    • ‘Police are still trying to find the thieves who ran off with his cage when they burgled her house in Oldham.’
    • ‘And then on June 17, five men were caught red-handed trying to burgle the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate building.’
    • ‘He said the public were sick and tired of their homes being burgled.’
    • ‘An unemployed 41-year-old man charged with burgling the home of an elderly Bromley couple will appear at Croydon Crown Court.’
    • ‘The lady whose house was burgled was extremely traumatised and now can't go downstairs at night.’
    • ‘He added their method was to burgle houses, steal car keys and load goods from the homes into the stolen vehicles before making off.’
    • ‘Police are appealing for witnesses after five homes were burgled over a two day period.’
    break into, force entry into, force an entry into, force one's way into
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Origin

Late 19th century: originally a humorous and colloquial back-formation from burglar.

Pronunciation

burgle

/ˈbəːɡ(ə)l/