break-in

noun
\ ˈbrāk-ˌin How to pronounce break-in (audio) \

Definition of break-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

break in

verb
broke in; broken in; breaking in; breaks in

Definition of break in (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Synonyms for break-in

Synonyms: Verb

burglarize, burgle

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Examples of break-in in a Sentence

Verb

the burglars broke in by smashing a window he rudely broke in to drop the names of several celebrities that he had met

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Obviously, this didn't stop the Cravings author from breaking in and wreaking more havoc than Little Finger. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "11 Celebrities Who Love Game of Thrones Just as Much as You," 27 Apr. 2019 Ground is expected to break in 2020, with the first gates opening in 2023, and the rest completed by 2025. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018 After the rescue, firefighters began sawing pieces of plywood and attached them to the house to discourage looters from breaking in, Smith said. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Mesa woman rescued after tree crashes onto home during storm," 9 July 2018 All permits have been obtained, and a spokesman for the developer, Eagle Nest Development Urban Renewal, said financing is being finalized and ground could be broken in six months. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018 In all seriousness though, no one was safe on #ThisIsUs Twitter Tuesday night — not even Kate, who had quite a rough time after her water broke in week 28 of her pregnancy. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Furious With Kevin, Kate, and Randall After the Latest Episode," 6 Mar. 2019 Queen Creek Casteel ran up a hill before sun broke in Southern California. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Scenes from Arizona high school football preseason camps," 10 July 2018 While Dunand has broken in as a shortstop, many scouts and Marlins management believe Dunand will likely transition to third base where his power hitting, strong arm and defensive skills will flourish. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Being related to a baseball icon is something this Marlins prospect handles like a pro," 9 July 2018 Nearly three years after ground was broken in 2015, this 5-mile section of the rail trail was completed and opened for use on April 3. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, BostonGlobe.com, "Next phase of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail to begin," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of break-in

Noun

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1535, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of break-in was circa 1535

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break-in

noun

English Language Learners Definition of break-in

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

break-in

noun
\ ˈbrāk-ˌin\

Legal Definition of break-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or action of breaking in

Legal Definition of break in (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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