break-in

noun \ ˈbrāk-ˌin \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of break-in

1 : the act or action of breaking in
  • a rash of break-ins at the new apartment house
2 : a performance or a series of performances serving as a trial run
3 : an initial period of operation during which working parts begin to function efficiently

First Known Use of break-in

1856


break in

verb

Definition of break in

intransitive verb
1 : to enter something (such as a building or computer system) without consent or by force
2 a : intrude
  • break in upon his privacy
b : to interrupt a conversation
3 : to start in an activity or enterprise
  • breaking in as a cub reporter
transitive verb
1 : to accustom to a certain activity or occurrence
  • break in the new clerk
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

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First Known Use of break in

circa 1535


BREAK-IN Defined for English Language Learners

break-in

noun

Definition of break-in for English Language Learners

  • : the act or crime of illegally entering a house, building, etc., especially by using force


Law Dictionary

break-in

noun \ ˈbrāk-ˌin \

legal Definition of break-in

: the act or action of breaking in

break in

intransitive verb

legal Definition of break in

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


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