- The definition of a break in is an illegal entry into a house, building or vehicle.
An example of a break in is a robbery of a store.
- A break in is defined as the first usage or experience with something.
An example of break in is the first month of driving a new car.
This forcible entry to this house is a break-in.
break-in definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
the act of forcibly entering a building, apartment, etc., esp. in order to rob
designating or of the period of first use, intended to prepare or train something or someone new
break-in definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A forcible entry, as into a building or room, for an illegal purpose, especially theft.
- An initial period of employment or operation during which the performance of a person or thing may be evaluated and adjusted.
break-in - Phrases/Idioms
Enter by force, as in The thieves broke in through the back door. [Mid-1500s]Also see break into.
Also, break in on. Interrupt or disturb something unexpectedly, as in His assistant broke in with the bad news just as we were ready to sign the agreement, or He broke in on our private talks. [Mid-1600s]
Train or instruct someone in a new job or enterprise, as in Every semester she had to break in a new teaching assistant. [Late 1700s]
Loosen or soften with use, as in It takes a while to break in a pair of new shoes.