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  • burglarise (suggested as an alternative form, although the origin and current use of this alternative form is uncertain, this alternative form is not common in either US or UK English. This spelling is not commonly used in North America. Whilst the -ise- ending of this alternative form may suggest that it is used in UK English, this is not correct, neither 'burglarize' nor 'burglarise' are commonly used in the UK, where 'burgle' would be the correct term to use and is equivalent to the US 'burglarize'.)


(1865) burglar + -ize


burglarize ‎(third-person singular simple present burglarizes, present participle burglarizing, simple past and past participle burglarized)

  1. (chiefly Canada, US) To commit burglary.
    • 1922, Victor Appleton, Tom Swift And His Electric Locomotive, ch. 9,
      This attempt to burglarize the house betrayed the caliber of the enemy.
    • 2007, Robert Muirhead, "Man sent to prison for robbing woman at gunpoint," JournalInquirer.com (CT), 14 Dec.,
      Police said they believed the woman interrupted Harvey as he attempted to burglarize nearby cars.


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