Definition of burgle in US English:

burgle

verb

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

    ‘our house in London has been burgled’
    • ‘He added their method was to burgle houses, steal car keys and load goods from the homes into the stolen vehicles before making off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘This guy was burgling an office building - one of those high-rise jobs,’ Collins explains.’
    • ‘But less than a month later on Christmas Eve the pub was burgled and stock taken.’
    • ‘Every hour of every day, 98 homes are burgled and seven homes are hit by fire.’
    • ‘Police are appealing for witnesses after five homes were burgled over a two day period.’
    • ‘The lady whose house was burgled was extremely traumatised and now can't go downstairs at night.’
    • ‘A woman who burgled the homes of two elderly people is beginning a two-year jail sentence.’
    • ‘A Selby pensioner and his sister have expressed their anger and despair after their house was burgled.’
    • ‘Police are still trying to find the thieves who ran off with his cage when they burgled her house in Oldham.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A woman today told of her terror as she fought with an intruder trying to burgle her home at night.’
    • ‘We are talking about professional criminals who burgle houses purely for the cars.’
    • ‘Would you really hesitate to call the police if your home was burgled?’
    • ‘He said the public were sick and tired of their homes being burgled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An unemployed 41-year-old man charged with burgling the home of an elderly Bromley couple will appear at Croydon Crown Court.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ˈbərɡəl//ˈbərɡəl/