broke

\ ˈbrōk How to pronounce broke (audio) \

Definition of broke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of break

broke

adjective
Definition of broke (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of broke in a Sentence

Adjective She is broke and homeless. Can I borrow 10 dollars? I'm broke until payday.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This is the secret story of tearing up designs and going for broke. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "No one knew secret behind Ford's Mustang Mach-E, Bronco Sport — until now," 24 Dec. 2020 How dare an ignorant citizen ask for action when people are going broke, losing their homes and don’t have money for food? WSJ, "Pelosi’s Wheels Leave the Ground When Confronted," 23 Oct. 2020 The news of the Astros’ banging a trash can to signal to their hitters what pitch is coming broke before the pandemic, but the players and their fans had to deal with the blowback throughout 2020. Matt Young, Chron, "The 10 Houston sports moments that made 2020 even worse," 29 Dec. 2020 For musicians, the collapse of the live industry for potentially two years due to the pandemic has left many feeling directionless, broke and scared. Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 wreaked havoc with their lives. Now, musicians battle another epidemic: addiction," 28 Dec. 2020 In 2009, the New Orleans bred beauty with a wonderful heart and a big, bright smile broke ground as the first Black princess in the Disney franchise. Tanya Christian, Glamour, "Soul Review: I Beg You to Watch Pixar's New Ground-Breaking Movie," 25 Dec. 2020 Less than six weeks later, the Wildcats didn’t seem quite as broke. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Colleges still have millions to fire football coaches despite claiming financial trouble from coronavirus," 18 Dec. 2020 Even Alvarez noticed the disfiguration as the fight wore on, particularly in the 12th round when instead of going for broke Smith often wrapped Alvarez in a clench, merely hoping to survive. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "Short on thrills, fight was long on dominance by Canelo Alvarez," 20 Dec. 2020 This past weekend, the seven-day average of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 broke that record twice, at 2,123 on Saturday and 2,171 yesterday, according to the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. Whet Moser, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic’s Final Surge Will Be Brutal," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of broke

Adjective

1710, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for broke

Adjective

Middle English, alteration of broken

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“Broke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broke. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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broke

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of broke

informal : not having any money

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Kids Definition of broke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of break

broke

adjective
\ ˈbrōk How to pronounce broke (audio) \
Kids Definition of broke (Entry 2 of 2)
: having no money

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Medical Definition of broke

past of break

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Legal Definition of broke

past of break

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