broke Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “broke” in the English Dictionary

"broke" in British English

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uk   /brəʊk/  us   /broʊk/
past simple ofbreak

brokeadjective [after verb]

uk   /brəʊk/  us   /broʊk/ informal
without ​money: I can't ​afford to go on ​holiday this ​year - I'm (​flat) broke. Many ​smallbusinesses went broke (= ​lost all ​theirmoney) during the ​recession.
(Definition of broke from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"broke" in American English

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 us   /broʊk/

broke (BREAK)

past simple ofbreak


 us   /broʊk/ infml

broke adjective (POOR)

without ​money: I can’t go to the ​movies – I’m ​flat broke. Is ​SocialSecurity going broke (= ​changing to a ​condition in which it has no ​money)?
(Definition of broke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"broke" in Business English

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brokeadj [after verb]

uk   us   /brəʊk/ informal
FINANCE, ACCOUNTING without ​money: go broke Some of the ​merchants say they are unable to ​cut their ​expenses and are on the verge of going broke.
flat broke FINANCE, ACCOUNTING used to emphasize that someone or something has no ​money at all: A ​spokesman said that the ​creditcrunch had ​left the ​company "​flat broke".
go for broke to ​risk everything in the hope of having great ​success
(Definition of broke from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “broke”
in Arabic break الفِعل الماضي مِن…
in Korean “break”의 과거형…
in Portuguese passado de “break”…
in Catalan passat de “break”…
in Japanese “break” の過去形…
in Turkish kırmak' fiilinin 2. hali…
in Italian passato semplice di “break”…
in Chinese (Traditional) 打碎…
in Russian прош. вр. гл. break…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打碎…
in Polish -…
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