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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theybreak into
he/she/itbreaks into
present participlebreaking into
past tensebroke into
past participlebroken into
  1. 1
    break into something to start doing something
    break into a run/trot/gallop etc.:

    The kids saw the beach and broke into a run.

    break into laughter/applause/song:

    I almost expected him to break into song.

    break into a sweat:

    My legs were shaking with exhaustion, but Phil hadn’t even broken into a sweat.

  2. 3
    break into something to start to use an amount of money

    We had to break into our savings to pay the fine.

  3. 4
    break into something to interrupt someone when they are talking or thinking

    Christopher’s voice broke into her thoughts.

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