house·​break·​ing | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce housebreaking (audio) \

Definition of housebreaking

: an act of breaking open and entering the dwelling house of another with a felonious purpose

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Other Words from housebreaking

housebreaker \ ˈhau̇s-​ˌbrā-​kər How to pronounce housebreaking (audio) \ noun

Examples of housebreaking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What about a puppy, which needs training and housebreaking, vs. an older dog, which may just need refreshers on those things and may be easier to handle? Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 8 June 2021 Some dog diaper brands are disposable, which works best for short-term situations such as female menstruation, active mating season or housebreaking. Michael Pollick,, 24 Mar. 2021 According to the Liverpool Echo, Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren were the victims of housebreaking, with Mane's house being accessed by the thieves, while Lovren's patio was smashed., 2 Nov. 2017 Consistent housebreaking should be completed in a week, but continue with training to reinforce the lessons. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 12 June 2017 As the story begins, the brothers commit a crime—a housebreaking—with mixed results. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of housebreaking

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of housebreaking was in 1607

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11 Jun 2021

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“Housebreaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of housebreaking

: the act of forcefully entering someone's house in order to commit a crime (such as robbery)


house·​break·​ing | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce housebreaking (audio) \

Legal Definition of housebreaking

: the act of breaking into and entering the dwelling house of another for the purpose of committing a felony

Other Words from housebreaking

housebreaker noun


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