bro|ken1 [ˈbrəukən US ˈbrou] v
the past participle of ↑break
broken 2
broken2 W3S3 adj
1¦(piece of equipment)¦
4¦(not continuous)¦
6 broken English/French etc
7 broken home
8 broken marriage
9 a broken heart
not working properly
The CD player's broken again.
Do you know how the phone got broken (=became broken) ?
2.) ¦(OBJECT)¦
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.
3.) ¦(BONE)¦
cracked because you have had an accident
a badly broken leg
Gibbs had an X-ray which revealed no broken bones.
interrupted and not continuous
a broken white line
a long noisy night of broken sleep
5.) ¦(PERSON)¦
extremely weak mentally or physically because you have suffered a lot
He returned from the war a broken man.
6.) 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
7.) broken home
a family that no longer lives together because the parents have ↑divorced
The majority of offenders do not come from broken homes.
8.) broken marriage
a marriage that has ended because the husband and wife do not live together any more
9.) 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.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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