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/

B2 the crime of illegally entering a building and stealing things

Examples

  • Several men were questioned by police yesterday about the burglary.
  • Simpson, aged 19, was convicted on two charges of burglary.
  • The latest crime figures show a sharp rise in burglaries.
  • Police are investigating a spate of burglaries in the Kingsland Road area.
  • Many people in the neighbourhood have been victims of burglary at least once.

(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)