Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “break in”

See all translations

break in

verb phrasal verb with break  /breɪk/ us  

(ENTER ILLEGALLY)

to enter a building illegally, usually by damaging a door or window, esp. for the purpose of stealing something: Thieves broke into our office downtown and stole the computers.
Translations of “break in”
in Chinese (Traditional) 打斷談話,插嘴…
in Russian вламываться…
in Turkish bir yere hırsızlık amacıyla zorla girmek, sözünü kesmek, araya girmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打断谈话,插嘴…
in Polish włamać się…
(Definition of break in phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of break in?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “break in” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More