The act of breaking into a building to commit theft or some other crime.
Webster's New World
An instance of this.
There were 10 burglaries in the area last month.
(law, US) Under the Model Penal Code, entering a building or occupiedstructure with purpose to commit a crime therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter. Model Penal Code § 221.1.
The common-law offense of forcibly entering a dwelling at night to commit a felony therein.
Under many modern statutes, the act of breaking and entering into any building at any time with the intent to commit a felony (or, in some states, a felony or petit larceny and, in other states, any crime) therein. See also larceny and robbery.
Webster's New World Law
Other Word Forms of Burglary
Burglary Sentence Examples
Bobby was assigned to the pending burglary case and Dean had made the arrest.
Malinovsky had been caught in committing burglary and forgery.
I'm just checking on David Dean, latest mob burglary victim.
I trusted Brennan sufficiently to reveal Julie's identity and the burglary.
In the parish of Tottenham nineteen attempts at burglary were made in six weeks, and sixteen were entirely successful.