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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.
1710-20; plagiar(ism) + -ize
Related forms
plagiarizer, noun
unplagiarized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plagiarizing
  • It was all an affair of hunting libraries and plagiarizing.
  • The novel explores plagiarizing and inauthenticity, both in writing and in life.
  • So, either you are plagiarizing rampantly, or you are the author of that site.
  • Both parties, of course, are notorious for plagiarizing each other.
  • He acknowledged inflating his academic record, and admitted that he got caught plagiarizing in law school.
  • He got caught plagiarizing a presidential campaign speech.
  • But it would have been comical to see an ad agency suing him for plagiarizing their jingle.
  • plagiarizing professors face a variety of punishments.
  • In interviews, students cited lack of time as reason for plagiarizing, or initially denied plagiarism.
  • Students demonstrate academic honesty and integrity by not cheating, plagiarizing or using information unethically in any way.
British Dictionary definitions for plagiarizing


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 plagiarizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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