broken family meaning, broken family definition | English Cobuild dictionary



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.     

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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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.
to support your family
A small business that is typically owned and run by members of a family
parent whose children no longer live in the family home
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
à navire rompu tous les vents sont contraires
à un pot rompu, on ne peut mal faire
ce que la langue a brisé, mille chirurgiens ne peuvent le remettre en place
c'est une belle chose que la tranquilité mais l'ennui est de sa famille
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