house·​break ˈhau̇s-ˌbrāk How to pronounce housebreak (audio)
housebroke ˈhau̇s-ˌbrōk How to pronounce housebreak (audio) ; housebroken ˈhau̇s-ˌbrō-kən How to pronounce housebreak (audio) ; housebreaking

transitive verb

: to make housebroken
: to teach acceptable social manners to

Examples of housebreak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Certified dog trainers will visit and work with your dog on housebreaking, pulling on the leash, not coming when called, aggression, nipping and mouthing, jumping on counters, excessive barking and more. Alexandra Maloney, Charlotte Observer, 6 June 2024 A crate can be instrumental in housebreaking a dog or dealing with other issues such as inappropriate chewing. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 12 June 2017 Sullivan compared her work with Keller to housebreaking a dog. Elizabeth Engelman, New York Times, 26 May 2017

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Word History


back-formation from housebroken

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of housebreak was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Housebreak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


house·​break -ˌbrāk How to pronounce housebreak (audio)
housebroke; housebroken; housebreaking
: to make housebroken

Medical Definition


transitive verb
house·​break ˈhau̇s-ˌbrāk How to pronounce housebreak (audio)
housebroke -ˌbrōk How to pronounce housebreak (audio) ; housebroken -ˌbrō-kən How to pronounce housebreak (audio) ; housebreaking
: to make housebroken

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