2 adjective
broken2 S3 W3

piece of equipment

not working properly:
The CD player's broken again.
Do you know how the phone got broken (=became broken)?


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.


cracked because you have had an accident:
a badly broken leg
Gibbs had an X-ray which revealed no broken bones.

not continuous

interrupted and not continuous:
a broken white line
a long noisy night of broken sleep


extremely weak mentally or physically because you have suffered a lot:
He returned from the war a broken man.

broken English/French etc

if you speak in broken English, French etc, you speak slowly and make a lot of mistakes because you only know a little of the language

broken home

SSF a family that no longer lives together because the parents have divorced:
The majority of offenders do not come from broken homes.

broken marriage

SSF a marriage that has ended because the husband and wife do not live together any more

a broken heart

a feeling of extreme sadness, especially because someone you love has died or left you:
I reckon she died of a broken heart.

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