Meaning of “break in” in the English Dictionary

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break in

phrasal verb with break us /breɪk/ verb


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.

break-innoun [ C ]


the crime of entering a building by damaging a door or window, usually in order to steal:

After the break-in, we installed a new security system.

(Definition of “break in” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)