Definition and Meanings for broken

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Broken is ranked 2,710 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of broken

adjective, transitive verb

Etymology of broken

from break, v. t.pos

Meaning of broken


as adjective, transitive verb

  • separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish.
  • disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface.
  • fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship.
  • made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships.
  • subdued; humbled; contrite.
  • subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.
  • crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted.
  • not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law.
  • ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman.
  • imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken english; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting.
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