break–in

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noun \ˈbrāk-ˌin\

Definition of break–in

  1. 1 :  the act or action of breaking in a rash of break–ins at the new apartment house

  2. 2 :  a performance or a series of performances serving as a trial run

  3. 3 :  an initial period of operation during which working parts begin to function efficiently

First Known Use of break–in

1856


BREAK–IN Defined for English Language Learners

break-in

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Definition of break–in for English Language Learners

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


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break–in

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noun \ˈbrāk-ˌin\

Legal Definition of break–in

  1. :  the act or action of breaking in

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