broken

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adjective bro·ken \ˈbrō-kən\

Definition of broken

  1. 1 :  violently separated into parts :  shattered broken windows

  2. 2 :  damaged or altered by or as if by breaking (see 1break): such asa :  having undergone or been subjected to fracture a broken legb :  not working properly a broken camerac of land surfaces :  being irregular, interrupted, or full of obstacles a long broken ridged :  violated by transgression :  not kept or honored a broken promisee :  discontinuous, interrupted a broken sleepf :  disrupted by changeg of a tulip flower :  having an irregular, streaked, or blotched pattern especially from virus infection

  3. 3a :  made weak or infirm his old, broken bodyb :  subdued completely :  crushed, sorrowful a broken heart a broken spiritc :  bankruptd :  reduced in rank was broken from sergeant to private

  4. 4a :  cut off :  disconnected spoke a few broken wordsb :  imperfectly spoken or written broken English

  5. 5 :  not complete or full a broken bale of hay

  6. 6 :  disunited by divorce, separation, or desertion of one parent children from broken homes a broken family

brokenly

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brokenness

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Examples of broken in a sentence

  1. The street was covered with broken glass.

  2. a broken vase that could not be repaired

Origin and Etymology of broken

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


First Known Use: 13th century



BROKEN Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective bro·ken \ˈbrō-kən\

Definition of broken for English Language Learners

  • : separated into parts or pieces by being hit, damaged, etc.

  • : not working properly

  • : not kept or honored


BROKEN Defined for Kids

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Definition of broken for Students

  1. past participle of Break


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broken

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adjective bro·ken \ˈbrō-kən\

Definition of broken for Students

  1. 1 :  separated into parts or pieces broken glass a broken bone

  2. 2 :  not working properly a broken camera

  3. 3 :  having gaps or breaks a broken line

  4. 4 :  not kept or followed a broken promise

  5. 5 :  imperfectly spoken broken English


Medical Dictionary

broken

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adjective bro·ken \ˈbrō-kən\

Medical Definition of broken

  1. :  having undergone or been subjected to fracture a broken leg


Law Dictionary

broken

bro·ken
  1. past part of break



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