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[van-dl-ahyz] /ˈvæn dlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), vandalized, vandalizing.
to destroy or deface by vandalism:
Someone vandalized the museum during the night.
Also, especially British, vandalise.
Origin of vandalize
1790-1800; vandal + -ize Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for vandalize
  • As a result the students are much more respectful of the property and less inclined to make messes or vandalize property.
  • He said looters ransacked the museum's gift shop and went on to vandalize authentic treasures as well.
  • Taggers vandalize all parts of the city, and are not necessarily tied to a specific neighborhood.
  • These ancient designs are irreplaceable, please have respect and do not vandalize them.
  • The key here is permission, if you don't have permission it's illegal to vandalize an item that does not belong to you.
  • Do not vandalize or tamper with sanitary sewer manholes.
  • Don't cut fences, camp on private land without permission, litter or vandalize equipment.
  • They would then drive the cars, vandalize them, and sometimes play bumper cars with two stolen cars.
  • Protesters are also known to vandalize private property during demonstrations.
  • Remove loose rocks and other objects that could be used to vandalize your property.
British Dictionary definitions for vandalize


(transitive) to destroy or damage (something) by an act of vandalism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vandalize

by 1797, from vandal + -ize. Related: Vandalized; vandalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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