Definition of plagiarize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpleɪdʒərʌɪz/
(also plagiarise)


[with object]
1Take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one’s own: he was fined $6,000 for having plagiarized the song
More example sentences
  • He also blasted the booklet, which was published in 1996, for plagiarizing a previous work.
  • The Seattle Times says a business columnist and associate editor has resigned after admitting he plagiarized the work of other journalists.
  • A further 41 school pupils face failing their exams because they plagiarised the work of other students and authors.
copy, pass off as one's own, infringe the copyright of, pirate, steal, poach, borrow, appropriate
informal rip off, lift, crib
British informal pinch, nick
1.1Take the work or an idea of (someone) and pass it off as one’s own: the author claims she was plagiarized
More example sentences
  • His world of irresponsible young men let loose in the playground of colonial Ireland set the tone for much of Anglo-Irish fiction, notably the ‘rollicking’ novels of Charles Lever who did not scruple to plagiarize him.
  • If anyone was in doubt that he plagiarised him, this entry alone would surely be proof.
  • Luckily, none of the rediscoverers was noted for rushing to crooked lawyers with claims of being plagiarized.





Example sentences
  • My intent isn't even to shame the Times plagiarizer, but to tap the shoulder of the aspiring plagiarist who may be deterred by this piece.
  • You are nothing more than a cheat, a fraud and a plagiariser.
  • The case of the open-book exam plagiarizer was one of six examples of academic dishonesty that led to suspensions or withdrawals of graduate students in the 2005-2006 academic year.

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