From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbrokenbro‧ken1 /ˈbrəʊkən $ ˈbroʊ/ verb 🔊 🔊 x-refthe pastparticiple of break
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broken• But your partner has just broken a leg and is recovering at home.• The shedwindows were broken and stood out black and jagged by the reflected light of the moon.• Vacuumcleaners were broken before they made the first one.• Of course, my friend has already broken his resolution.• His neck was broken when Sigsworth hit him with a fireextinguisher.• Only at this point can we begin healing ourselves and our broken world.• Simon had broken yesterday's confidences?ldoce_063_fbrokenbroken2 ●●●S3W2 adjective 🔊 🔊 1PIECE OF EQUIPMENTBROKENpiece of equipment not working properly 🔊 The CD player’s broken again. 🔊 Do you know how the phone got broken (=became broken)?2OBJECTBROKENobject in small pieces because it has been hit, dropped etc 🔊 Mind the broken glass. 🔊 Wrap it up well so it doesn’t get broken (=become broken) in the mail.3BONEBROKENbonecracked because you have had an accident 🔊 a badly broken leg 🔊 Gibbs had an X-ray, which revealed no broken bones.4INTERRUPTEDLINEnot continuousinterrupted and not continuous 🔊 a broken white line 🔊 a long noisy night of broken sleep5PERSONWEAKperson extremely weak mentally or physically because you have suffered a lot 🔊 He returned from the war a broken man.6 →broken English/French etc7 →broken home8 →broken marriage9 →a broken heart10 →a broken societyTHESAURUSbroken if something is broken, it does not work properlyI think my watch is broken.The camera got broken when we were on holiday.The birds had gotten into the cabin through a broken window.In the corner of the room were a broken chair and a rickety old desk.out of order [not before noun] if a machine, especially one used by the public, is out of order, it is not working for a temporaryperiodEvery phone I tried was out of order.The toilets were all out of order.down [not before noun] if a computer system is down, it is not workingThe computer system was down all afternoon, so we went home. | go down (=stop working)The network went down at 11:00 and we lost the whole morning’s work.on the blink (also on the fritz American English) [not before noun] informal if a piece of electricalequipment is on the blink, it sometimes works and sometimes does notMy TV’s on the blink again. | go on the blink/fritzThe car’s air conditioning went on the fritz just as we reached Dallas.there’s something wrong with something used when saying that a car, machine etc does not work properly and you do not know whyThere’s something wrong with my car; I think it might be the battery.There was something wrong with the photocopier, so we called in the service company. | have something wrong with itIf the VCR has something wrong with it, take it back to the store.something has had it informal used when saying that a car, machine etc is completely broken and cannot be repairedI’m afraid the bike’s had it.