shatter Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “shatter” in the English Dictionary

"shatter" in British English

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uk   /ˈʃæt.ər/  us   /ˈʃæt̬.ɚ/
[I or T] to (​cause something to) ​breaksuddenly into very ​smallpieces: The ​glass shattered into a thousand ​tinypieces. His ​leg was shattered in the ​accident. [T] to end or ​severelydamage something: The ​book shattered all her illusions about the Romans. Noisy ​motorbikes shattered the peace/​calm/​stillness.
suffix uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
a confidence-shattering ​defeat (= one which ​destroysconfidence)
(Definition of shatter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shatterverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈʃæt̬·ər/
to ​breaksuddenly or ​cause something to ​breaksuddenly into ​smallpieces: [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.
(Definition of shatter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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