Break In

How to Conjugate Break In

  • Infinitive: Break In
  • Present Tense: Break In/ Breaks In
  • -ing Form: Breaking In
  • Past Tense: Broke In
  • Past Participle: Broken In
Break In is a separable phrasal verb and has 3 definitions.

Definitions of Break In:

1. To enter a place illegally and with the use of force.
[Noun] {Break in} Refers to the illegal force of entry into a place.

Examples: The burglar broke in our neighbor’s house last night.
Call the police! Someone is breaking into that car!

2. To use or wear something new until it is fully functional or comfortable.

Examples: I should have broken in these heels before wearing them. My feet hurt!
C’mon, let’s go break in your new Ferrari!

3. To train a pet.

Examples: The dog has to stay outside because he hasn’t been broken in yet.
After we break in the rabbit, we can let it out of its cage.

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