transitive verb-·broke·, -·bro·ken, -·break·ing
to cause to be housebroken
Origin of housebreakback-formation from housebroken
transitive verbhouse·broke, house·bro·ken, house·break·ing, house·breaks
- To train (a dog) to urinate and defecate outdoors and not indoors.
- To subdue; tame: “Who better to domesticate him than the most genteel woman in the world? What better to housebreak him than the dinner parties for his friends?” ( Philip Roth )
The breaking and entering or burglary of a dwelling.
(third-person singular simple present housebreaks, present participle housebreaking, simple past housebroke, past participle housebroken)
Back-formed from housebroken.