housebreak

play
verb house·break \ˈhau̇s-ˌbrāk\

Definition of housebreak

housebroke

play \ˈhau̇s-ˌbrōk\;

housebroken

play \ˈhau̇s-ˌbrō-kən\;

housebreaking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make housebroken

  3. 2a :  to teach acceptable social manners tob :  tame, subdue

Origin and Etymology of housebreak

back-formation from housebroken


First Known Use: 1876


HOUSEBREAK Defined for English Language Learners

housebreak

play
verb house·break \ˈhau̇s-ˌbrāk\

Definition of housebreak for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

housebreak

play
transitive verb house·break \ˈhau̇s-ˌbrāk\

Medical Definition of housebreak

housebroke

\-ˌbrōk\play ;

housebroken

\-ˌbrō-kən\play ;

housebreaking

  1. :  to make housebroken



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