-·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.