|1.||[ verb ] (criminal law) 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!"
|Related terms:||trespass housebreaking|
|2.||[ verb ] start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role|
|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"
|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|
: "The horse was tough to break" used metaphorically for people
|Related terms:||tame domesticate break break|