break in

Definitions of break in
  1. verb
    intrude on uninvited
    “The nosy couple broke in on our conversation”
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    type of:
    intrude, irrupt
    enter uninvited
  2. verb
    break into a conversation
    synonyms: barge in, butt in, chime in, chisel in, cut in, put in
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    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
  3. verb
    enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
    synonyms: break
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    gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions
    type of:
    intrude, trespass
    enter unlawfully on someone's property
  4. verb
    break so as to fall inward
    “He broke in the door”
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    stave in
    break in the staves (of)
    type of:
    destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
  5. verb
    start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
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    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
  6. verb
    make submissive, obedient, or useful
    synonyms: break
    be broken in
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    type of:
    domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, reclaim, tame
    overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
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