Definition of plagiarize in US English:


(British plagiarise)


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

    • ‘He also blasted the booklet, which was published in 1996, for plagiarizing a previous work.’
    • ‘A further 41 school pupils face failing their exams because they plagiarised the work of other students and authors.’
    • ‘The Seattle Times says a business columnist and associate editor has resigned after admitting he plagiarized the work of other journalists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is also accused of trying to sell specimens that belonged to the university and plagiarizing the work of colleagues.’
    copy, pass off as one's own, infringe the copyright of, pirate, steal, poach, borrow, appropriate
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    1. 1.1 Copy from (someone) and pass it off as one's own.
      • ‘That according to a seven-week independent investigation by the newspaper, which found that is former star correspondent lied, plagiarized and made things up over a 10-year span.’
      • ‘Because people who plagiarize are usually also poor students, they tend not to realise that it's obvious when a paragraph of bumbling prose suddenly rises from its own ashes to become lucid and flowing, or even just moderately coherent.’
      • ‘Building a guide to the contents of books is hardly the same as making bootlegged copies or plagiarizing.’
      • ‘While I don't believe we plagiarized anyone, it's a good discussion nonetheless, and the comments that keep coming to the site are thought-provoking.’
      • ‘His speech doesn't libel him; it plagiarizes him.’
      • ‘However, it didn't take people long to make the connection and shame the guy into taking down the site - without the people who were being plagiarized having to do anything at all.’
      • ‘I just wish that these people would pay more dearly for plagiarizing.’
      • ‘If anyone was in doubt that he plagiarised him, this entry alone would surely be proof.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Composers could check to see if they are unintentionally plagiarizing.’
      • ‘First, notice that when he's not plagiarizing, he has a little trouble with accuracy.’
      • ‘When you have students suing universities when caught plagiarizing you know that plagiarism isn't always frowned upon by students.’
      • ‘How devastating for this young girl to have to now face the humiliation of having to admit to everyone that she had cheated, that she copied, that she'd merely plagiarized.’
      • ‘It's hardly surprising he opposes the free trade agreement with the United States because one aspect of the free trade agreement with America is it toughens up the copyright laws, makes it more difficult for people to plagiarise, to copy.’
      • ‘First I worried my in laws would sue me for defamation and now I have to worry that some psychotic moron is going to plagiarize me?’
      • ‘In 1960 Claire, widow of an Alsatian Jewish poet, groundlessly charged her with plagiarizing her husband, whom he'd befriended and translated in 1949.’
      • ‘Much copied, if not plagiarized (by some filmmakers), he is the leader of a new Iranian cinema, which owes everything to him for what he has done over the past 15 years.’
      • ‘She plagiarized and is paying the penalty.’
      • ‘He just plagiarizes him, but it's worth reading anyhow.’
      • ‘Luckily, none of the rediscoverers was noted for rushing to crooked lawyers with claims of being plagiarized.’
      • ‘At some colleges, students who plagiarize are expelled.’
      • ‘Furthermore, in a March 9 interview with Editor & Publisher, he answers the question of when he first plagiarized.’
      • ‘Perhaps film composers no longer have a choice whether or not to plagiarize him - did they ever?’