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Definition of fragment verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fragment

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fragment
BrE BrE//fræɡˈment//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fræɡˈment//
 
he / she / it fragments
BrE BrE//fræɡˈments//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fræɡˈments//
 
past simple fragmented
BrE BrE//fræɡˈmentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fræɡˈmentɪd//
 
past participle fragmented
BrE BrE//fræɡˈmentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fræɡˈmentɪd//
 
-ing form fragmenting
BrE BrE//fræɡˈmentɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fræɡˈmentɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//fræɡˈment//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fræɡˈment//
 
[intransitive, transitive] fragment (something) to break or make something break into small pieces or parts Frequent explosions caused the chalk to fragment. The dangers of fragmenting the health service.
Word Origin late Middle English: from French, or from Latin fragmentum, from frangere ‘to break’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fragment

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