Meaning of “burgle” in the English Dictionary

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"burgle" in British English

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burgleverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbɜː.ɡəl/ us /ˈbɝː.ɡəl/ mainly UK US usually burglarize, us /ˈbɝː.ɡlər.aɪz/ uk

B2 to enter a building illegally and steal things:

When they got back from their holiday they found that their home had been burgled.

More examples

  • On their return they discovered that their house had been burgled.
  • After her house was burgled, she made a claim on her insurance.
  • Hearing strange noises downstairs, the old lady thought she was being burgled.
  • He went out burgling nearly every night to support his drugs habit.
  • The place was in such a mess that I thought we'd been burgled.

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