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housebreak

verb house·break \-ˌbrāk\

: to train (an animal) to urinate or defecate outside the home or in an acceptable place indoors

house·broke\-ˌbrōk\house·bro·ken\-ˌbrō-kən\house·break·ing

Full Definition of HOUSEBREAK

transitive verb
1
:  to make housebroken
2
a :  to teach acceptable social manners to
b :  tame, subdue

Origin of HOUSEBREAK

back-formation from housebroken
First Known Use: 1938

housebreak

transitive verb house·break \ˈhas-ˌbrāk\   (Medical Dictionary)
house·broke \-ˌbrōk\ house·bro·ken \-ˌbrō-kən\ house·break·ing

Medical Definition of HOUSEBREAK

:  to make housebroken

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