Meaning of “burglary” in the English Dictionary

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"burglary" in British English

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burglarynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈbɜː.ɡlər.i/ us /ˈbɝː.ɡlɚ.i/

Examples from literature

  • Every considerable dwelling in this neighbourhood has been entered, and I have no doubt you are the men who committed all the burglaries. 
  • If they are prevented working for six weeks, it might lead them to procure support for their wives and children by burglary, larceny or highway robbery. 
  • In law if the word burglary is used in the indictment, the defense, in order to quash the charge, need show merely that a door was unlocked. 
  • Robbery and burglary are generally counted as crimes of violence, but they should be properly classed under property crimes. 
  • Where is the document you took from my uncle's desk on the night of the burglary? 

(Definition of “burglary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"burglary" in American English

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burglarynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈbɜr·ɡlə·ri/

the crime of illegally entering a building and stealing things:

[ C ] He committed more than a dozen burglaries in the last year.

(Definition of “burglary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"burglary" in Business English

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burglarynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈbɜːɡləri/ us plural burglaries

LAW the crime of illegally entering a building and stealing things:

The maximum jail sentence for aggravated burglary is 14 years.
Insurers are getting tougher on customers who make claims after burglaries.

(Definition of “burglary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)