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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.
Origin of plagiarize
1710-20; plagiar(ism) + -ize
Related forms
plagiarizer, noun
unplagiarized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plagiarize
  • When students plagiarize using half-baked sources they perpetuate an endless recycling of ignorance.
  • Faculty members gnash their teeth and wring their hands when students plagiarize.
  • Many concerns about the intellectual quality of digital publications are valid, and digital content can be easier to plagiarize.
  • They should have to pay a fine to my university's writing center for every single word they plagiarize.
  • All of them seemed to plagiarize television, which was their main portal to the world.
  • They had already had instruction on how not to plagiarize but they did it anyway.
  • It can distract students from learning and thinking and make it easier to cheat and plagiarize.
  • Check your math before you submit your paper, and don't plagiarize.
  • There are probably dozens of reasons why some students plagiarize.
  • Hacker solid evidence to back up their hunches about why students plagiarize.
British Dictionary definitions for plagiarize


to appropriate (ideas, passages, etc) from (another work or author)
Derived Forms
plagiarizer, plagiariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for plagiarize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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