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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to enter a building by force, especially in order to steal things
    Someone had broken in through the bedroom window.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to interrupt when someone is talking
    ‘Hilary,’ he broke in gently, ‘I’m just trying to help.’
  3. 4
    [transitive] to make new shoes or clothes comfortable by wearing them
    a stiff pair of boots that took weeks to break in
  4. 5
    [transitive] to train a horse that is young or wild
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