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English definition of “shatter”


verb [I/T]  /ˈʃæt̬·ər/ us  
to break suddenly or cause something to break suddenly into small pieces: [T] The earthquake shattered all the windows in the building. fig. To shatter can also mean to end or damage: [T] The defeat shattered her confidence.
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