Definition of Break in
1. Verb. Enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act. "Who broke into my account last night?"
Specialized synonyms: Crack
Generic synonyms: Intrude, Trespass
Derivative terms: Break-in
2. Verb. Break into a conversation. "Her husband always chimes in, even when he is not involved in the conversation"
Specialized synonyms: Disrupt, Interrupt
Generic synonyms: Break Up, Cut Off, Disrupt, Interrupt
3. Verb. Start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role.
4. Verb. Intrude on uninvited. "The nosy couple broke in on our conversation"
5. Verb. Break so as to fall inward. "He broke in the door"
6. Verb. Make submissive, obedient, or useful. "I broke in the new intern"
Related verbs: Break
Generic synonyms: Domesticate, Domesticise, Domesticize, Reclaim, Tame
Definition of Break in
1. Verb. (intransitive) To enter a place by force or illicit means. ¹
2. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To cause (something, or someone, new) to function more naturally through use or wear ¹
3. Verb. (transitive of a horse) To tame; make obedient; to train to follow orders of the owner. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Break In
Literary usage of Break in
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order with Copious Illustrations by George Crabb (1887)
"BREAK, in Saxon ... low German ritan, high German reisten^ to split, Greek pr¡aa<a, Hebrew ram/naA, to break in pii-ccs. ..."
2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"GENERAL rule, that a trustee shall not of his own authority break in upon the capital of an infant's fortune (a). The Court very rarely has broken in upon ..."
3. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"... foster- $ break in pieces; whence fracasso, a crash. — I tal. fra-, prefix, .... to break in amongst, destro (Diez). The vb. cassare is from Lat. ..."