break in

Primary Meanings of break in

1.
v
intrude on uninvited
2.
v
break so as to fall inward
3.
v
start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
4.
v
make submissive, obedient, or useful
Full Definitions of break in
1

v intrude on uninvited

“The nosy couple broke in on our conversation”
Type of:
intrude, irrupt
enter uninvited

v break into a conversation

Synonyms:
barge in, butt in, chime in, chisel in, cut in, put in
Types:
disrupt, interrupt
interfere in someone else's activity
cut in
interrupt a dancing couple in order to take one of them as one's own partner
cut short
cause to end earlier than intended
Type of:
break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt
make a break in

v enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act

Synonyms:
break
Types:
crack
gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions
Type of:
intrude, trespass
enter unlawfully on someone's property
2

v break so as to fall inward

“He broke in the door”
Types:
stave in
break in the staves (of)
Type of:
break
destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
3

v start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role

Type of:
begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
4

v make submissive, obedient, or useful

Synonyms:
break
break
be broken in
Type of:
domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, reclaim, tame
overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable

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