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"broken" in British English

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brokenverb

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

brokenadjective

uk   /ˈbrəʊ.kən/  us   /ˈbroʊ.kən/
  • 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 (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
(Definition of broken from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"broken" in American English

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broken

 us   /ˈbroʊ·kən/
  • broken (BREAK)

past participle of break

brokenadjective

 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
(Definition of broken from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"broken" in Business English

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brokenadjective

uk   us   /ˈbrəʊkən/
damaged, and no longer able to work: We can send the broken monitors for repair. Everywhere you look there are broken pipes and crumbling masonry.
interrupted or not continuous: On the chart, income is indicated by a solid line and expenses by a broken line.
used to describe a law, rule, or promise that is not obeyed or not kept: a broken promise a broken contract
(Definition of broken from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“broken” in Business English

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