broken

adjective
bro·​ken | \ ˈbrō-kən How to pronounce broken (audio) \

Definition of broken

1 : violently separated into parts : shattered broken windows
2 : damaged or altered by or as if by breaking (see break entry 1): such as
a : having undergone or been subjected to fracture a broken leg
b : not working properly a broken camera
c of land surfaces : being irregular, interrupted, or full of obstacles a long broken ridge
d : violated by transgression : not kept or honored a broken promise
e : discontinuous, interrupted a broken sleep
f : disrupted by change
g of a tulip flower : having an irregular, streaked, or blotched pattern especially from virus infection
3a : made weak or infirm his old, broken body
b : subdued completely : crushed, sorrowful a broken heart a broken spirit
c : bankrupt
d : reduced in rank was broken from sergeant to private
4a : cut off : disconnected spoke a few broken words
b : imperfectly spoken or written broken English
5 : not complete or full a broken bale of hay
6 : disunited by divorce, separation, or desertion of one parent children from broken homes a broken family

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Other Words from broken

brokenly adverb
brokenness \ ˈbrō-​kə(n)-​nəs How to pronounce brokenness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for broken

Synonyms

busted, fractured, fragmented, shattered, smashed

Antonyms

unbroken

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Examples of broken in a Sentence

The street was covered with broken glass. a broken vase that could not be repaired

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The Jacksonville Jaguars already lost quarterback Nick Foles, MVP of Super Bowl LII against the Patriots, to a broken clavicle in Week 1. BostonGlobe.com, "Same schedule for Patriots, weak after weak - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 Get a flu shot (does this sound like a broken record yet?). Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "How Long Does the Flu Last?," 16 Sep. 2019 However, the Jaguars (1-2) are expected to get wide receiver Jalen Wayne (broken foot) back this week, and might have linebacker Patrick Rosette (broken hand) back in the lineup as well. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Steve Campbell addresses South Alabama QB situation, injuries & new holder heading into UAB week," 16 Sep. 2019 An Edgewood police officer was injured and may have a broken wrist. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Police: Man believed to have blown up house on daughter's wedding day," 15 Sep. 2019 On a broken play, Jean-Baptiste eluded multiple Hornet defenders before finding the end zone. Luis Torres, orlandosentinel.com, "Jones runs all over Bishop Moore in district win," 14 Sep. 2019 The property is only 15 minutes away from GoldenEye, up a steep, broken driveway that the government has promised to fix, on a hill overlooking the bay. Dan Rys, Billboard, "In Jamaica With Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell," 12 Sep. 2019 The app can also be used to find unoccupied desks, browse the cafeteria’s lunch menu, book meeting rooms and flag up any maintenance that might need doing, such as replacing a broken monitor. The Economist, "Companies are taking advantage of their new ability to track their workers," 12 Sep. 2019 At the risk of sounding a little like a broken record, Denver is not at ANY risk of being in a bubble that could burst. Steve Blank, The Denver Post, "Cocktail chattables: The Denver housing market, strong and growing, is at no risk of being in a bubble that could burst," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of broken

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for broken

Middle English, from Old English brocen, from past participle of brecan to break

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The first known use of broken was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for broken

broken

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of broken

: separated into parts or pieces by being hit, damaged, etc.
: not working properly
: not kept or honored

broken

Kids Definition of broken

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of Break

broken

adjective
bro·​ken | \ ˈbrō-kən How to pronounce broken (audio) \

Kids Definition of broken (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : separated into parts or pieces broken glass a broken bone
2 : not working properly a broken camera
3 : having gaps or breaks a broken line
4 : not kept or followed a broken promise
5 : imperfectly spoken broken English

broken

adjective
bro·​ken | \ ˈbrō-kən How to pronounce broken (audio) \

Medical Definition of broken

: having undergone or been subjected to fracture a broken leg

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broken

Legal Definition of broken

past participle of break

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