1. [ verb ] (criminal law) enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
Synonyms: break

"Someone broke in while I was on vacation" "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"

Related terms: trespass housebreaking
2. [ verb ] start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
Related terms: begin
3. [ verb ] break into a conversation
Synonyms: put_in cut_in butt_in barge_in chisel_in chime_in

"her husband always chimes in, even when he is not involved in the conversation"

Related terms: interrupt interrupt
4. [ verb ] intrude on uninvited

: "The nosy couple broke in on our conversation" "She irrupted into our sitting room"

Related terms: intrude
5. [ verb ] break so as to call inward

"He broke in the door"

Related terms: break break stave_in
6. [ verb ] make submissive, obedient, or useful, as of wild animals or new items
Synonyms: break

: "The horse was tough to break" used metaphorically for people

Related terms: tame domesticate break break
Similar spelling:   break_into