jail·​break | \ ˈjāl-ˌbrāk How to pronounce jailbreak (audio) \

Definition of jailbreak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a forcible escape from jail


jailbroke\ ˈjāl-​ˌbrōk How to pronounce jailbreak (audio) \; jailbreaking; jailbreaks

Definition of jailbreak (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to remove built-in limitations from (an electronic device, such as a cell phone) I'm not trying to be overly snarky here, but for … in-house app distribution, I see no need or advantage to jailbreaking an iOS device.— John Welch Last week we learned you can jailbreak every current model of Kindle.— Thorin Klosowski Apple makes it nearly impossible for the average user to download apps from anywhere else unless you jailbreak your phone.— Peter Wells

Examples of jailbreak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He is charged with escape in the first degree for the jailbreak that authorities say was aided by Vicky White, the 56-year-old assistant director of corrections at the Lauderdale County Detention Center. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, 15 Sep. 2022 Earlier this month, an Australian hacker did a live jailbreak of a John Deere tractor display to play Doom on it. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 25 Aug. 2022 To develop his jailbreak, Sick Codes got his hands on numerous generations of John Deere tractor control touchscreen consoles. Wired, 15 Aug. 2022 Thus, since my Analogue Pocket review was published, interested buyers commented whether the system might receive a jailbreak—a way to skip physical cartridges and instead play ROM files loaded onto the system's microSD slot. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 1 Aug. 2022 Read Lily’s story about the jailbreak of John Deere tractors. WIRED, 20 Aug. 2022 Her involvement in a jailbreak shocked colleagues, who remembered her as diligent and dedicated to her job. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 6 June 2022 Officials confiscated house keys to prevent isolation jailbreak, while the empty homes of those put into centralized quarantine have been turned upside down as they are doused with disinfectant. Vic Chiang, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 So what [Recidiviz has] done is sort of jailbreak this data from these old systems and read it back to those organizations. Ali Fazal, Fortune, 13 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of jailbreak


1910, in the meaning defined above


2007, in the meaning defined above

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28 Sep 2022

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“Jailbreak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jailbreak. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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jail·​break | \ ˈjāl-ˌbrāk How to pronounce jailbreak (audio) \

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: escape from prison by force

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