Definition of jailbreak in English:

jailbreak

noun

  • An escape from jail.

    ‘he's on the run again after masterminding a spectacular jailbreak’
    • ‘On May 28th, the Fairfax County jail experienced its first jailbreak.’
    • ‘There had been a jailbreak from Alcatraz, the white dots were police boats, and someone was shooting at someone else, shots obviously fired in anger.’
    • ‘The prisons, apparently in an attempt to prevent jailbreaks during the 2002 World Cup, have taken the unprecedentedly liberal step of allowing incarcerated inmates to watch the matches on television.’
    • ‘The Home Secretary today resisted calls for his resignation after the latest rioting and jailbreaks.’
    • ‘The possibility that the jailbreak was planned jointly by the prisoners and at least one of their jailers is also being investigated.’
    • ‘There have been similar jailbreaks from military detention in the past.’
    • ‘A jailbreak in August 2000 made the institution a focus of media attention and the security level there has then been tightened.’
    • ‘Tuesday's jailbreak was the latest in a long series of people escaping from the police detention centers.’
    • ‘The outgoing minister cited that over the past several weeks brawls and prison riots as well as a jailbreak had occurred at the penitentiary, which has about 120 guards working three shifts.’
    • ‘It's probably one of the most unusual jailbreaks authorities have ever encountered.’
    • ‘A spate of brazen jailbreaks in recent years underlined how poor security is.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Computing
  • Modify (a smartphone or other electronic device) to remove restrictions imposed by the manufacturer or operator, e.g. to allow the installation of unauthorized software.

    ‘in order to use these programs, iPhone owners have to jailbreak their device’
    • ‘They've already made it clear that you jailbreak an iPhone at your own risk, voiding your warranty at a minimum.’
    • ‘It's got lots of tips, tricks, and will even teach you how to jailbreak and SIM unlock your iPhone.’
    • ‘Everything will work fine, but unfortunately your phone will be stuck in restore mode until you jailbreak it, which is what we're doing next.’
    • ‘If you have 1.1.1, you'll have to jailbreak first, then transfer it on manually.’
    • ‘I still have an old iPod touch that I jailbreak for testing purposes.’

Pronunciation

jailbreak

/ˈdʒeɪlbreɪk/