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Syllabification: house·break
Pronunciation: /ˈhousbrāk

Definition of housebreak in English:

verb (past. housebroke; past participle housebroken)

[with object] chiefly North American
Train (a pet) to urinate and defecate outside the house or only in a special place: an elephant is exceedingly difficult to housebreak (as adjective housebroken) wolves are almost never housebroken
More example sentences
  • When you first get your virtual pet back home, one of the biggest challenges, as it is in real life, is to housebreak it.
  • Dog Crates / Dog Cages offer an effective way to housebreak puppies or keep your pets safe either at home or away.
  • The process for housebreaking a dog is the same if he is a puppy or an adult dog new to your home.

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