broken family meaning, broken family definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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broken

  
1    Broken is the past participle of break.  
2       adj   A broken line is not continuous but has gaps or spaces in it.  
ADJ n   (=dotted)  
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.     


broken-down     
A broken-down vehicle or machine no longer works because it has something wrong with it.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...a broken-down car.     
broken-hearted     
Someone who is broken-hearted is very sad and upset because they have had a serious disappointment.      adj  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
árvore genealógica
n.
to support your family
exp.
expression meaning that several or all members of a family have something in common (a skill, a feature, a path or a behavior)
E.g.: He became an actor too. It runs in the family.
exp.
A small business that is typically owned and run by members of a family
n.
parent whose children no longer live in the family home
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family

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