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burglar +‎ -ize


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

  1. (transitive, intransitive, chiefly Canada, US) To commit burglary. [from 1829]
    Synonym: burgle
    • 1829 July 5, [ William Hazlitt ?], “The Advantages of Committing Burglary in cuerpo Elucidated”, in The Atlas[1], London, page 442:
      People who would now attempt to burglarize in top-boots, would be as mad as if they were to adopt that costume for picking pockets.
    • 1839 December 7, Mustard-Seed, “To Sir Charles Shaw, K. C. T. S., &c., &c.”, in Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser[2], 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[3], 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[4], 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[5], London, page 10:
      I also told you my house had been thoroughly burglarized three times,
    • 1865 September 1, Upper Canada Law Journal[6], 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[7], 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[8], 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[9], 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[10], Connecticut, page 228:
      Police said they believed the woman interrupted Harvey as he attempted to burglarize nearby cars.

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