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Meaning of BREAK IN

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  1. [n]  trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent
  2. [v]  make submissive, obedient, or useful, as of wild animals or new items; also used metaphorically of people; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
  3. [v]  break so as to call inward; "He broke in the door"
  4. [v]  start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
  5. [v]  break into a conversation; "her husband always chimes in, even when he is not involved in the conversation"
  6. [v]  intrude on uninvited; "The nosy couple broke in on our conversation"; "She irrupted into our sitting room"
  7. [v]  enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; "Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"
 Synonyms: barge in, break, break, breaking and entering, butt in, chime in, chisel in, cut in, housebreaking, irrupt, put in
 See Also: begin, break up, burglary, commence, cut off, disrupt, domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, get, interrupt, intrude, intrude, reclaim, set about, set out, start, start out, stave in, tame, trespass



Thesaurus Terms
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