Definition of broken adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbrəʊkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbroʊkən//
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  1. 1  that has been damaged or injured; no longer whole or working correctly a broken window/plate a broken leg/arm pieces of broken glass How did this dish get broken? The TV's broken. see also broken heart
  2. relationship
  3. 2  [usually before noun] ended or destroyed a broken marriage/engagement see also broken home
  4. promise/agreement
  5. 3  [usually before noun] not kept
  6. not continuous
  7. 4  [usually before noun] not continuous; disturbed or interrupted a night of broken sleep a single broken white line across the road
  8. person
  9. 5[only before noun] made weak and tired by illness or difficulties He was a broken man after the failure of his business. See related entries: Tiredness
  10. language
  11. 6[only before noun] (of a language that is not your own) spoken slowly and with a lot of mistakes; not fluent to speak in broken English
  12. ground
  13. 7having a rough surface an area of broken, rocky ground
  14. see also break, broke, broken
    like a broken record (British English also like a stuck record)
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    in a way that keeps repeating a statement or opinion in an annoying way I hate sounding like a broken record, but I have to say again, we must do more to help.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: broken