From Middle English *inbreken, from Old English inbrecan (to break into), equivalent to in- +‎ break. Cognate with Dutch inbreken (to break in), German einbrechen (to break in).


inbreak (third-person singular simple present inbreaks, present participle inbreaking, simple past inbroke, past participle inbroken)

  1. (transitive) To break in; break into; make an incursion into; insert into; interrupt.
    • 2003, John S. McClure, The Four Codes of Preaching:
      Its role is various: to make a claim on, to encounter, to confront, to shake, to inbreak, to erupt, to disrupt, and to disclose.
    • 2004, William McCloskey, Raiders:
      "You come back to inbreak again, or you bring kids to do it for you?"
    • 2007, Sarah McFarland Taylor, Green sisters:
      Our deepest longing lies wholeheartedly in our single hearted desire for God, in following Jesus, Icon of Wisdom Sophia as he continues to INBREAK [meaning “insert itself”] in our time and in giving ourselves unconditionally for healing of the Earth.

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inbreak (plural inbreaks)

  1. A sudden violent inroad or incursion; an irruption.