1865, United states English, from burglary + -ize. Associated: Burglarized; burglarizing. We see in a telegraphic despatch from throughout the boundary range that a store was "burglarized" a few months ago. Our company is sorry that any thing so dreadful must have occurred to your of your inventive cousins. Truly the United states language is "fearfully and remarkably made." ["Upper Canada Law Journal," September 1865, p.228] Burglarize, to, a term creeping into journalism. "The Yankeeisms donated, collided, and burglarized have already been badly used up by an English magazine copywriter." (Southern Magazine, April, 1871.) Your message has actually a dangerous opponent inside smaller burgle. [Maximilian Schele De Vere, "Americanisms; The English of the "" new world ""," 1872]
commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling
He didn't seem to be there to burglarize the place; it was like he was searching for something.