- burglarise (uncommon)
- (transitive, intransitive, chiefly Canada, US) To commit burglary.
1839 December 7, "Mustard-Seed", “To Sir Charles Shaw, K. C. T. S., &c., &c.”, in Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, Manchester, page 6:
- [M]en exclaim against you as the most bungling of "cabbagers" ... that ever burglarised upon the property of Shakespeare!
1840 May 1, "Shamrock", “Steeple-Chasing in Ireland”, in The Sporting Review, London, page 364:
- In this dilemma there were but two resources open to the infuriated stewards, -- one to carry the key vi et armis; the other, to burglarize the cellar.
1856 November 1, Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville, KY, page 3:
- Deaseley Brothers & Dodge, wholesale dry goods store, was burglarized last night, and three thousand dollars worth of silks taken. No arrests.
1856 December 16, "The London Scoundrel", “A Plea for the Gallows (Letter to the Editor)”, in The Times, London, page 10:
- I also told you my house had been thoroughly burglarized three times,
1865 September 1, Upper Canada Law Journal, Toronto, page 228:
- We see in a telegraphic despatch from across the boundary line that a store was "burglarized" a short time ago.
1872, M. Schele De Vere, Americanisms: The English of the New World, New York: Charles Scribner, page 587:
- Burglarize, to, a term creeping into journalism. ... The word has a dangerous rival in the shorter burgle.
1903 March 31, “From Day To Day”, in The Express and Telegraph, Adelaide, page 1:
- During a recent burglary epidemic a police superintendent one night made a tour of inspection through the burglarised district.
1922, Victor Appleton, chapter 9, in Tom Swift And His Electric Locomotive, New York: Grossett and Dunlap, page 82:
- This attempt to burglarize the house betrayed the caliber of the enemy.
2007 December 14, Robert Muirhead, “Man sent to prison for robbing woman at gunpoint”, in Journal Inquirer.com, Connecticut, page 228:
- Police said they believed the woman interrupted Harvey as he attempted to burglarize nearby cars.