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adjective broken pronunciation in American English /ˈbroʊkən/
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  1. 1
    a broken object has been damaged and is in two or more pieces

    Be careful not to step on the broken glass.

    Nearly all the houses had broken windows.

    a broken fingernail

    Fill the bottom of the dish with broken crackers.

    1. a.
      a broken bone has a crack in it

      He had several broken ribs and a suspected broken leg.

  2. 2
    if a machine is broken, it is not working correctly

    You can’t use the microwave – it’s broken.

    He fixed that broken clock.

  3. 3
    literary if your heart is broken, you feel extremely sad because a relationship with someone you love has ended or because someone has died

    Her husband died, and she died soon afterward of a broken heart.

  4. 4
    used for describing a situation in which you do not do what you promised, agreed, or hoped

    He referred to his country as the land of broken dreams.

    a string of broken promises

    1. a.
      a broken relationship has failed
      broken marriages:

      I’d had two broken marriages by the time I was 30.

      a broken engagement


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