transitive verb (housebroke; housebroken; -breaking) Etymology: back-formation from housebroken Date: 1938 1. to make housebroken 2. a. to teach acceptable social manners to b. tame, subdue

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  • housebreak — house break v. t. to train a pet to live cleanly in a house, especially by training it to defecate and urinate in designated boxes. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • housebreak — (v.) 1820, to break into a house criminally; see HOUSE (Cf. house) (n.) + BREAK (Cf. break) (v.). Perhaps a back formation from housebreaker, attested from mid 14c. Sense of to train a domestic animal to be clean in the house is from 1881.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • housebreak — [hous′brāk΄] vt. housebroke, housebroken, housebreaking [back form. < HOUSEBROKEN] to cause to be housebroken …   English World dictionary

  • housebreak — /hows brayk /, v.t., housebroke, housebroken, housebreaking. to train (a pet) to excrete outdoors or in a specific place. [1895 1900; HOUSE + BREAK] * * * …   Universalium

  • housebreak — verb To train an animal to avoid urinating or defecating in the house, except within a litterbox, toilet, or other receptacle. Syn: toilet train See Also: housebreaker, housebreaking …   Wiktionary

  • housebreak — house·break hau̇s .brāk vt, broke .brōk; bro·ken .brō kən; break·ing to make housebroken …   Medical dictionary

  • housebreak — Synonyms and related words: acclimate, acclimatize, accommodate, accustom, adapt, adjust, apprentice, break, break in, break to harness, breed, bring up, bust, case harden, condition, confirm, cultivate, develop, discipline, domesticate,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • housebreak — v. teach a domestic animal to urinate and defecate outdoors …   English contemporary dictionary

  • housebreak — verb N. Amer. another term for house train …   English new terms dictionary

  • housebreak — house·break …   English syllables

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