broken Definition

  • 1having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order
  • 2having given up all hope; despairing

Using broken: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "broken" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The vase was broken into a thousand pieces.

  • Example

    The car was so badly broken that it was beyond repair.

  • Example

    Her heart was broken when she found out he had been cheating on her.

  • Example

    The company is broken and needs to be restructured.

  • Example

    He was a broken man after losing his job.

broken Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for broken

Idioms Using broken

  • someone who repeats the same thing over and over again


    He kept complaining about the same thing like a broken record.

  • someone who has lost everything and is emotionally shattered


    After the death of his wife, he became a broken man.

  • a promise that has been broken or not kept


    He made a broken promise to always be there for her.

Phrases with broken

  • a feeling of great sadness and emotional pain, especially when someone you love has died or left you


    She was left with a broken heart after her boyfriend broke up with her.

  • a family in which the parents are divorced or separated


    Growing up in a broken home can have a lasting impact on children.

  • hopes or plans that have not been fulfilled


    After years of hard work, his broken dreams left him feeling defeated.


Summary: broken in Brief

The term 'broken' [ˈbrəʊkən] refers to something that has been damaged or fractured, often beyond repair. It can also describe a person who has given up hope or is emotionally shattered. Examples include 'The vase was broken into a thousand pieces,' and 'He was a broken man after losing his job.' Phrases like 'broken heart' and idioms like 'a broken record' extend the meaning of 'broken' to emotional states and repetitive behavior.

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