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vandalize

[van-dl-ahyz] /ˈvæn dlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), vandalized, vandalizing.
1.
to destroy or deface by vandalism:
Someone vandalized the museum during the night.
Also, especially British, vandalise.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; vandal + -ize
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  • 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

vandalize

/ˈvændəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to destroy or damage (something) by an act of vandalism
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Word Origin and History for vandalize
v.

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

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