Definition of burglary in English:

burglary

noun

  • Entry into a building illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft.

    ‘a two-year sentence for burglary’
    ‘a series of burglaries’
    • ‘The police suspect one man committed the four burglaries on New Year's Day.’
    • ‘He also pleaded guilty to another two counts of burglary and an attempted burglary.’
    • ‘He also faces charges of conspiracy to commit burglaries and steal motor vehicles in West Yorkshire.’
    • ‘These offenders have recently been found guilty of a number of burglaries and car thefts.’
    • ‘Five months later, she cashed two other benefit books after they were stolen in a burglary.’
    • ‘Along with stamping out burglaries and thefts, a heavy emphasis is put on personal safety.’
    • ‘Arrests were made for a variety of offences including burglary, theft and public order.’
    • ‘Police say the problem has a direct impact on pushing up burglaries, robberies and thefts.’
    • ‘The number of burglaries, thefts from cars and violent crimes dropped in the Western Bay.’
    • ‘But three weeks after his release, he was dealing in heroin and committing burglaries.’
    • ‘As a result he will urge that crime prevention is focused on routine crimes such as theft and burglary.’
    • ‘A while ago I found out that they'd caught the guy who committed the burglary on my flat at the end of last year.’
    • ‘Last week, year-on-year figures showed slight rises in street crime and burglaries.’
    • ‘An offshoot of these visits can be burglaries and theft of garden equipment and power tools.’
    • ‘The court heard he began committing burglaries at the age of 13 and first targeted churches ten years ago.’
    • ‘Apart from the burglary figures, crime as a whole was on the decrease, according to Insp Jones.’
    • ‘Drink is also a significant factor in street crime, burglaries and theft.’
    • ‘Other crimes such as burglaries and thefts from cars had decreased, he added.’
    • ‘The theft of a water company's van has sparked fears it might be used to commit distraction burglaries.’
    • ‘Police say all the property has been stolen in either burglaries or robberies.’
    housebreaking, breaking and entering, breaking in, forced entry, theft, thieving, stealing, robbery, robbing, larceny, thievery, pilfering, pilferage, looting
    break-in, theft, robbery, raid, hold-up
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Origin

Early 16th century: from legal French burglarie, from burgler (see burglar).

Pronunciation

burglary

/ˈbərɡlərē//ˈbərɡləri/