Definition of plagiarize in English:


(also plagiarise)


  • 1 Take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one's own.

    ‘he was fined $6,000 for having plagiarized the song’
    • ‘In one recent New Yorker essay, ‘Something Borrowed,’ he profiled a playwright who plagiarized his work and managed to convey with striking compassion how immoral mistakes can happen without malice.’
    • ‘People might then come to believe that the author who had published second had plagiarized the work of the one who published first.’
    • ‘A further 41 school pupils face failing their exams because they plagiarised the work of other students and authors.’
    • ‘He is also accused of trying to sell specimens that belonged to the university and plagiarizing the work of colleagues.’
    • ‘The Seattle Times says a business columnist and associate editor has resigned after admitting he plagiarized the work of other journalists.’
    • ‘He also blasted the booklet, which was published in 1996, for plagiarizing a previous work.’
    • ‘After sending it, the student confessed he had plagiarized the work from a prominent writer.’
    • ‘The Harvard Crimson reports that a noted Harvard law professor will be disciplined for plagiarizing the work of a Yale law professor in a recent book.’
    copy, pass off as one's own, infringe the copyright of, pirate, steal, poach, borrow, appropriate
    rip off, lift, crib
    pinch, nick
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    1. 1.1Take the work or an idea of (someone) and pass it off as one's own.
      ‘the author claims she was plagiarized’
      • ‘If anyone was in doubt that he plagiarised him, this entry alone would surely be proof.’
      • ‘Luckily, none of the rediscoverers was noted for rushing to crooked lawyers with claims of being plagiarized.’
      • ‘His world of irresponsible young men let loose in the playground of colonial Ireland set the tone for much of Anglo-Irish fiction, notably the ‘rollicking’ novels of Charles Lever who did not scruple to plagiarize him.’