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Definition of fracture verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    breakVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fracture
    he / she / it fractures
    past simple fractured
    -ing form fracturing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to break or crack; to make something break or crack His leg fractured in two places. fracture something She fell and fractured her skull. a fractured pipeline
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (formal) (of a society, an organization, etc.) to split into several parts so that it no longer functions or exists; to split a society or an organization, etc. in this way Many people predicted that the party would fracture and split. fracture something (into something) The company fractured into several smaller groups.
    adjective [usually before noun] He suffered a badly fractured arm. (figurative) They spoke a sort of fractured German.
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