from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To reproduce or otherwise use (the words, ideas, or other work of another) as one's own or without attribution.
  • intransitive verb To plagiarize the words, ideas, or work of (another person).
  • intransitive verb To present another's words or ideas as one's own or without attribution.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To steal or purloin from the writings or ideas of another: as, to plagiarize a passage.
  • To commit plagiarism. Also spelled plagiarise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To steal or purloin from the writings of another; to appropriate without due acknowledgement (the ideas or expressions of another).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive or intransitive To use, and pass off as one's own, someone else's writing/speech.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property


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  • I regret that I was not able to 'plagiarize' this effect, but I felt that, although crabs may, and doubtless do, behave thus in real life, in romance they 'will not do so.'

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  • The original post about this new service generated a lively debate about whether it's ethical to "plagiarize" your own essays, or recycle them for multiple applications.

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  • I believe that those who do "plagiarize" without adding any value put their own reputations at great risk -- but it's hardly "stealing" or damaging in most cases.

    Techdirt 2009

  • But if he were asked to define the term "plagiarize", as in a trivia game .... naaa!

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  • "plagiarize" might be a word that is overly loaded in your mind, but if you check the dictionary, you'll see that it fits rather well here …

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  • Is it just me, or did Matt just plagiarize wholesale from Delong?

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