burglary [n] stealing from residence, business break-in, breaking and entering, caper, crime, filching, heist, housebreaking, larceny, owl job*, pilferage, prowl, robbery, safecracking, second-story work*, sting, theft, thieving; concept 139

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  • burglary — bur·glary / bər glə rē/ n pl glar·ies [Anglo French burglarie, modification of Medieval Latin burgaria, from burgare to break into (a house)]: the act of breaking and entering an inhabited structure (as a house) esp. at night with intent to… …   Law dictionary

  • burglary — bur‧glar‧y [ˈbɜːgləri ǁ ˈbɜːr ] noun burglaries PLURALFORM [countable, uncountable] LAW the crime of entering a building illegally and stealing things: • The figures show that household burglary rose by 17%. * * * burglary UK US /ˈbɜːgləri/ noun… …   Financial and business terms

  • Burglary — Bur gla*ry, n.; pl. {Burglaries}. [Fr. {Burglar}; cf. LL. burglaria.] (Law) Breaking and entering the dwelling house of another, in the nighttime, with intent to commit a felony therein, whether the felonious purpose be accomplished or not.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burglary — c.1200, Anglo L. burglaria (see BURGLAR (Cf. burglar)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • burglary — *theft, larceny, robbery …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • burglary — ► NOUN (pl. burglaries) ▪ illegal entry into a building with intent to commit a crime such as theft …   English terms dictionary

  • burglary — [bʉr′glə rē] n. pl. burglaries [ BURGLAR + Y4] 1. the act of breaking into a house at night to commit theft or other felony 2. the act of breaking into any building at any time to commit theft, some other felony, or a misdemeanor SYN. THEFT …   English World dictionary

  • Burglary — Burglar redirects here. For the comedy film, see Burglar (film). Criminal law …   Wikipedia

  • burglary — At common law, the crime of burglary consisted of a breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony therein. The modern statutory definitions of the crime are much less restrictive. For… …   Black's law dictionary

  • burglary — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ attempted ▪ aggravated (= burglary involving further violence or unpleasant behaviour) (BrE, law) ▪ house (BrE), residential VERB + BURGLARY ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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