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broken

 us   /ˈbroʊ·kən/

broken (BREAK)

past participle of break

broken

adjective  us   /ˈbroʊ·kən/

broken adjective (DAMAGED)

[not gradable] damaged, or no longer able to work: My camera is broken.

broken adjective (INTERRUPTED)

interrupted or not continuous: a broken line He spoke very broken English.

broken adjective (DISCOURAGED)

extremely discouraged or sad: After his wife's death, he seemed to be a broken man. My mom said my uncle had a broken heart (= was sad because a romance had ended).

broken adjective (ENDED)

[not gradable] destroyed or ended: He overcame a string of broken dreams to become a success. She comes from a broken home (= the parents no longer live together).

broken adjective (NOT KEPT)

[not gradable] (of a law, rule, or promise) disobeyed or not kept: a broken promise
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