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broken

verb uk   /ˈbrəʊ.kən/ us    /ˈbroʊ-/
past participle of break

broken

adjective uk   /ˈbrəʊ.kən/ us    /ˈbroʊ-/

broken adjective (DAMAGED)

A2 damaged, no longer able to work: He attacked the man with a broken bottle. My watch is broken. Careful - there's broken glass on the floor. [before noun] suffering emotional pain that is so strong that it changes the way you live, usually as a result of an unpleasant event: He was a broken man after his wife died.
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broken adjective (INTERRUPTED)

C1 interrupted or not continuous: He tried to explain what had happened in broken English (= not spoken easily and stopping a lot) .

broken adjective (ENDED)

C2 destroyed or ended: a broken engagement She comes from a broken home (= one where the parents have separated).

broken adjective (NOT KEPT)

(of a law, rule, or promise) not obeyed or not kept: a broken promise
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