break in - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theybreak in
he/she/itbreaks in
present participlebreaking in
past tensebroke in
past participlebroken in
  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. 3
    [transitive] to help someone get used to something new, for example a new job
  4. 5
    [transitive] to train a horse that is young or wild
     Synonyms and related words
See also main entry: break