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Verb: break in
  1. Enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
    "Someone broke in while I was on vacation";
    - break
  2. Break into a conversation
    "her husband always breaks in, even when he is not involved in the conversation";
    - chime in [informal], cut in, put in, butt in, barge in [informal], chip in [informal]
  3. Start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
  4. Intrude on uninvited
    "The nosy couple broke in on our conversation"
  5. Break so as to fall inward
    "He broke in the door"
  6. Make submissive, obedient, or useful
    "I broke in the new intern";
    - break
Noun: break-in  breyk in
  1. Trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent
    - housebreaking, breaking and entering

Derived forms: break-ins, breaks in, breaking in, broke in, broken in

Type of: begin, break, break up, burglary, commence, cut off, disrupt, domesticate, domesticise [Brit], domesticize, get, get down, interrupt, intrude, irrupt, reclaim, set about, set out, start, start out, tame, trespass

Encyclopedia: Break in