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break in

verb

Definition of break in

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to enter something (as a building or computer system) without consent or by force

  3. 2 a :  intrude <break in upon his privacy> b :  to interrupt a conversation

  4. 3 :  to start in an activity or enterprise <breaking in as a cub reporter>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to accustom to a certain activity or occurrence <break in the new clerk>

  7. 2 :  to overcome the stiffness or newness of <break in a pair of shoes>



Examples of break in in a sentence

  1. <the burglars broke in by smashing a window>

  2. <he rudely broke in to drop the names of several celebrities that he had met>



Circa 1535

First Known Use of break in

circa 1535


Law Dictionary

break in

intransitive verb

Legal Definition of break in

  1. :  to enter something (as a building or computer system) without privilege (as consent) or by force





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