1 Broken is the past participle of break.
2 adj A broken line is not continuous but has gaps or spaces in it.
A broken blue line means the course of a waterless valley.
3 adj You can use broken to describe a marriage that has ended in divorce, or a home in which the parents of the family are divorced, when you think this is a sad or bad thing.
ADJ n (disapproval)
She spoke for the first time about the traumas of a broken marriage..., Children from broken homes are more likely to leave home before the age of 18.
4 adj If someone talks in broken English, for example, or in broken French, they speak slowly and make a lot of mistakes because they do not know the language very well. ADJ n (Antonym: fluent, perfect)
Eric could only respond in broken English.
A broken-down vehicle or machine no longer works because it has something wrong with it. adj usu ADJ n
...a broken-down car.
Someone who is broken-hearted is very sad and upset because they have had a serious disappointment. adj
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