Meaning of BROKEN in English

BROKEN

/ ˈbrəʊkən; NAmE ˈbroʊ-/ adjective

DAMAGED

1.

that has been damaged or injured; no longer whole or working correctly :

a broken window / plate

a broken leg / arm

pieces of broken glass

How did this dish get broken ?

The TV's broken.

—see also broken heart

RELATIONSHIP

2.

[ usually before noun ] ended or destroyed :

a broken marriage / engagement

—see also broken home

PROMISE / AGREEMENT

3.

[ usually before noun ] not kept

NOT CONTINUOUS

4.

[ usually before noun ] not continuous; disturbed or interrupted :

a night of broken sleep

a single broken white line across the road

PERSON

5.

[ only before noun ] made weak and tired by illness or difficulties :

He was a broken man after the failure of his business.

LANGUAGE

6.

[ only before noun ] ( of a language that is not your own ) spoken slowly and with a lot of mistakes; not fluent :

to speak in broken English

GROUND

7.

having a rough surface :

an area of broken, rocky ground

—see also break , broke , broken verb

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SYNONYMS

broken

out of order ♦ broken-down ♦ on the blink

All these words describe sth that is damaged or no longer working correctly.

broken

that has been damaged or injured; no longer whole or working correctly:

a broken window / plate

a broken leg / arm

out of order

[not before noun] ( rather formal ) (of a machine, etc.) not working correctly:

The toilets are all out of order.

broken-down

[usually before noun] in a very bad condition; not working correctly; very tired and sick:

a broken-down old car / horse

on the blink

( informal ) (of a machine) not working correctly:

The fuel gauge had gone on the blink .

out of order or on the blink?

Out of order is a slightly formal phrase, used especially about machines and equipment that are available for the public to use; you would be less likely to use it about your own phone, television, etc.

PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS :

The TV/video / washing machine is broken / on the blink.

The phone is out of order / on the blink.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.