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adjective     broken pronunciation in British English
/ˈbrəʊkən/
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  1. 1
    a broken bone has a crack in it

    He had several broken ribs and a suspected broken leg.

    1. a.
      a broken object has been damaged and is in two or more pieces

      Nearly all the houses had broken windows.

      Be careful not to step on the broken glass.

      Fill the bottom of the dish with broken biscuits.

      a broken fingernail

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

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

    He’s mended 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 afterwards 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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