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[pley-juh-rahyz, -jee-uh-rahyz] /ˈpleɪ dʒəˌraɪz, -dʒi əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), plagiarized, plagiarizing.
to take and use by plagiarism.
to take and use ideas, passages, etc., from (another's work) by plagiarism.
verb (used without object), plagiarized, plagiarizing.
to commit plagiarism.
Also, especially British, plagiarise.
Origin of plagiarize
1710-20; plagiar(ism) + -ize
Related forms
plagiarizer, noun
unplagiarized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for plagiarise
Historical Examples
  • Now, have you thought of nothing new, for we must not plagiarise even from fashionable novels?

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Unfortunately, the story had been told before, and Talleyrand did not plagiarise.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • Single words too we plagiarise when we use them without realisation and mastery of their meaning.

    Style Walter Raleigh
  • If you cannot plagiarise, surely it were better not to quote.

  • Of course, there are still others to come after us, but our works are not immortal, and they will plagiarise us without protest.

    Second Plays A. A. Milne
  • She has not hesitated to plagiarise from even so humble an individual as myself.

    Some Private Views James Payn
  • To plagiarise these folks whom hardly anyone could henceforth read, was to render them service, nay, to pay them too much honour.

    Underground Man Gabriel Tarde
  • It will be observed that in the last group our faculty of invention gave out and we were compelled to plagiarise.

    All Men are Ghosts L. P. Jacks
British Dictionary definitions for plagiarise


to appropriate (ideas, passages, etc) from (another work or author)
Derived Forms
plagiarizer, plagiariser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plagiarise

alternative (chiefly British) spelling of plagiarize. Related: Plagiarised; plagiarising.



1716, from plagiary "plagiarist" (see plagiarism) + -ize. Related: Plagiarized; plagiarizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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