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tr.v. house·broke (-brōk′), house·bro·ken (-brō′kən), house·break·ing, house·breaks
1. To train (a dog) to urinate and defecate outdoors and not indoors.
2. To subdue; tame: "Who better to domesticate him than the most genteel woman in the world? What better to housebreak him than the dinner parties for his friends?" (Philip Roth).
The breaking and entering or burglary of a dwelling.


(ˈhaʊsˌbroʊ kən)

1. (of a pet) trained to avoid excreting inside the house or in improper places.
2. (of a person) trained to behave in a socially appropriate manner.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.housebroken - (of pets) trained to urinate and defecate outside or in a special place; "housebroken pets"; "`house-trained' is chiefly British"
trained - shaped or conditioned or disciplined by training; often used as a combining form; "a trained mind"; "trained pigeons"; "well-trained servants"


[ˈhaʊsˌbrəʊkən] ADJ (US) → enseñado
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The four-legged robot now comes with a yellow plastic shell and actually appears more housebroken.
Once your pup is housebroken (or even before) train him.