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) break suddenly into very small pieces:

The glass shattered into a thousand tiny pieces.
His leg was shattered in the accident.

[ T ] to end or severely damage something:

The book shattered all her illusions about the Romans.
Noisy motorbikes shattered the peace/calm/stillness.
suffix uk / -ʃæt.ər.ɪŋ/ us / -ʃæt̬.ɚ.ɪŋ/

a confidence-shattering defeat (= one which destroys confidence)

(Definition of “shatter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shatter" in American English

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shatterverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈʃæt̬·ər/

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.

(Definition of “shatter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)