Meaning of BROKEN in English

BROKEN

transcription, транскрипция: [ broʊkən ]

1.

Broken is the past participle of break .

2.

A broken line is not continuous but has gaps or spaces in it.

A broken blue line means the course of a waterless valley.

= dotted

ADJ : ADJ n

3.

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.

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.

ADJ : ADJ n [ disapproval ]

4.

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.

Eric could only respond in broken English.

≠ fluent, perfect

ADJ : ADJ n

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