When you burgle, you steal something from inside a house or a building. A computer thief might burgle several laptops after sneaking into a school at night.

It’s common to use to verb burgle in Britain, while in the United States people are more likely to say burglarize. Both words basically means “to steal from inside a building.” If you burgle and are caught, the crime you’ll be charged with is called “burglary.” Burgle has been in use since the 1860’s, when it was a jokey, colloquial word based on burglar, with its Latin root of burgare, “to break open.”

Definitions of burgle
  1. verb

    commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling

    burglarise, burglarize, heist
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    take without the owner’s consent

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