from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To train to have excretory habits that are acceptable for indoor living: housebreak a puppy.
  • transitive v. To subdue; tame.
  • n. Burglary of a dwelling: a neighborhood in which housebreaks are a common occurrence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To train an animal to avoid urinating or defecating in the house, except within a litterbox, toilet, or other receptacle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to train a pet to live cleanly in a house, especially by training it to defecate and urinate in designated boxes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house


Back-formed from housebroken. (Wiktionary)



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