American English

Definition of broken adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1that 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. promise/agreement
  3. 2[usually before noun] not kept
  4. not continuous
  5. 3[usually before noun] not continuous; disturbed or interrupted a night of broken sleep a single broken white line across the road
  6. person
  7. 4[only before noun] made weak and tired by illness or difficulties He was a broken man after the failure of his business.
  8. language
  9. 5[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
  10. relationship
  11. 6[usually before noun] ended or destroyed a broken marriage/engagement see also broken home
  12. ground
  13. 7having a rough surface an area of broken, rocky ground
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: broken