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bro·ken  (brkn)
Past participle of break.
1. Forcibly separated into two or more pieces; fractured: a broken arm; broken glass.
2. Sundered by divorce, separation, or desertion of a parent or parents: children from broken homes; a broken marriage.
3. Having been violated: a broken promise.
a. Incomplete: a broken set of books.
b. Being in a state of disarray; disordered: troops fleeing in broken ranks.
a. Intermittently stopping and starting; discontinuous: a broken cable transmission.
b. Varying abruptly, as in pitch: broken sobs.
c. Spoken with gaps and errors: broken English.
6. Topographically rough; uneven: broken terrain.
a. Subdued totally; humbled: a broken spirit.
b. Weakened and infirm: broken health.
8. Crushed by grief: died of a broken heart.
9. Financially ruined; bankrupt.
10. Not functioning; out of order: a broken washing machine.

broken·ly adv.
broken·ness n.

broken  /brokn/  adj. 1 s.t. that is cracked, smashed, or is not working: His arm is broken. 2 not kept: He reminded her of her broken promise. 3 extremely sad, crushed in spirit: She has a broken heart. 4 (of a language) imperfect: When I lived in Costa Rica, my Spanish was not good; I spoke broken Spanish.

Thesaurus: broken 1 shattered, fractured | ruined, gone, kaput infrml. Ants. whole, in working order.
2 unfulfilled, violated. Ant. fulfilled. broken

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