broken adjective Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary

Meaning of “broken” - Learner’s Dictionary


DAMAGED A2 damaged and separated into pieces: broken glass →  Opposite unbroken Not functioningTearing and breaking into pieces
a broken arm/leg, etc A2 an arm/leg, etc with a damaged boneProblems with bones, joints and teethDentistryThe teethTearing and breaking into pieces
NOT WORKING A2 If a machine or piece of equipment is broken, it is not working: The DVD player's broken.Not functioningTearing and breaking into pieces
a broken heart B2 great sadness because someone you love has ended a relationship with youEnding relationships and divorceSadness and regret
a broken home a family in which the parents do not now live togetherEnding relationships and divorce
a broken promise a promise that has not been keptMaking and breaking promises and commitments
broken English/Spanish, etc English/Spanish, etc that is spoken slowly and has a lot of mistakes in itInterrupting and preventing from speaking
(Definition of broken adjective from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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