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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