break in

verb
1. break into a conversation (Freq. 2)
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her husband always chimes in, even when he is not involved in the conversation

Syn: ↑chime in, ↑cut in, ↑put in, ↑butt in, ↑chisel in, ↑barge in
Hypernyms: ↑interrupt, ↑disrupt, ↑break up, ↑cut off
Hyponyms: ↑interrupt, ↑disrupt
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

2. enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act (Freq. 2)
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Someone broke in while I was on vacation

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They broke into my car and stole my radio!

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who broke into my account last night?

Syn: ↑break
Derivationally related forms: ↑break-in
Hypernyms: ↑trespass, ↑intrude
Hyponyms: ↑crack
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑break)
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Somebody ——s

3. start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role (Freq. 2)
Hypernyms:
get down, ↑begin, ↑get, ↑start out, ↑start, ↑set about, ↑set out, ↑commence
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

4. intrude on uninvited
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The nosy couple broke in on our conversation

Hypernyms: ↑intrude, ↑irrupt
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s PP

5. break so as to fall inward
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He broke in the door

Hypernyms: ↑break
Hyponyms: ↑stave in
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

6. make submissive, obedient, or useful
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The horse was tough to break

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I broke in the new intern

Syn: ↑break
Hypernyms: ↑domesticate, ↑domesticize, ↑domesticise, ↑reclaim, ↑tame
Verb Group: ↑break
Cause: ↑break
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Break — (br[=a]k), v. i. 1. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. [1913 Webster] 2. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Break — (br[=a]k), n. [See {Break}, v. t., and cf. {Brake} (the instrument), {Breach}, {Brack} a crack.] 1. An opening made by fracture or disruption. [1913 Webster] 2. An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • break up — {v.} 1. To break into pieces. * /The workmen broke up the pavement to dig up the pipes under it./ * /River ice breaks up in the spring./ 2. {informal} To lose or destroy spirit or self control. Usually used in the passive. * /Mrs. Lawrence was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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