Definition of burgle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

burgle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrɡl//
 
(British English)(North American English burglarize
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːɡləraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrɡləraɪz//
 
)
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they burgle
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrɡl//
 
he / she / it burgles
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːɡlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrɡlz//
 
past simple burgled
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrɡld//
 
past participle burgled
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrɡld//
 
-ing form burgling
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːɡlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrɡlɪŋ//
 
Committing crime
 
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burgle somebody/something to enter a building illegally, usually using force, and steal from it We were burgled while we were away (= our house was burgled). The house next door was burgled. CollocationsCrimeCommitting a crime commit a crime/​a murder/​a violent assault/​a brutal killing/​an armed robbery/​fraud be involved in terrorism/​a suspected arson attack/​people smuggling/​human trafficking engage/​participate in criminal activity/​illegal practices/​acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody’s wallet/​purse/(British English) mobile phone/(North American English) cell phone rob a bank/​a person/​a tourist break into/ (British English) burgle/ (North American English) burglarize a house/​a home/​an apartment hijack a plane/​ship/​bus smuggle drugs/​weapons/​arms/​immigrants launder drug money (through something) forge documents/​certificates/​passports take/​accept/​pay somebody/​offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing/​an email/​an Internet scamFighting crime combat/​fight crime/​terrorism/​corruption/​drug trafficking prevent/​stop credit-card fraud/​child abuse/​software piracy deter/​stop criminals/​burglars/​thieves/​shoplifters/​vandals reduce/​tackle/​crack down on knife/​gun/​violent/​street crime; (especially British English) antisocial behaviour foil a bank raid/​a terrorist plot help/​support/​protect the victims of crimeInvestigating crime report a crime/​a theft/​a rape/​an attack/(especially British English) an incident to the police witness the crime/​attack/​murder/​incident investigate a murder/(especially North American English) a homicide/​a burglary/​a robbery/​the alleged incident conduct/​launch/​pursue an investigation (into…); (especially British English) a police/​murder inquiry investigate/​reopen a criminal/​murder case examine/​investigate/​find fingerprints at the crime scene/​the scene of crime collect/​gather forensic evidence uncover new evidence/​a fraud/​a scam/​a plot/​a conspiracy/​political corruption/​a cache of weapons describe/​identify a suspect/​the culprit/​the perpetrator/​the assailant/​the attacker question/​interrogate a suspect/​witness solve/​crack the case See related entries: Committing crime Word Origin late 19th cent.: originally a humorous and colloquial back-formation from burglar.
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