Meaning of BROKEN in English

BROKEN

adjective

BAD : The car could not stop because its brakes were broken.

GOOD : The car could not stop because its brakes were not working.

BAD : I turned on the radio but it was broken.

GOOD : I turned on the radio but it wasn't working.

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broken = physically damaged: 'a broken windscreen'

not working = not functioning properly: 'I can't ring him because his phone's not working.'

Longman Common Errors English vocabulary.      Английский словарь распространенных ошибок Longman.