- (of a relationship) split apart; not intact: a broken marriage.
- (of a family) disunited or divided by the prolonged or permanent absence of a parent, usually due to divorce or desertion: a child from a broken home; broken families.
OTHER WORDS FROM brokenbro·ken·ly, adverbbro·ken·ness, nounhalf-broken, adjectivewell-broken, adjective
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How to use broken in a sentence
It’s no longer neat and clean, but rather it’s a mess of obsolete content, 404 errors, broken links, and other online debris.
The ichthyosaur’s fossilized body and head, while well preserved, are detached from one another, hinting that the animal may have died of a broken neck.This ichthyosaur died after devouring a creature nearly as long as itself|Maria Temming|August 20, 2020|Science News
A week and a half into what has become the most widespread protests against the existing political order, you don’t see broken windows or burned-out cars.
Tweed traveled to the state capital Tallahassee for a drive-around rally to protest the broken system.Florida’s Unemployment ‘Dream Team’ Helps 50K Tackle a Broken System|Joshua Eferighe|August 16, 2020|Ozy
Performances have resulted in torn Achilles tendons and broken backs.For Aspiring Performers, The NBA Is The Best Place To Be A Mascot|Josh Planos|July 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
His first language was Russian, then he learned Swedish, but chooses to perform in monosyllabic broken English.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’|Marlow Stern|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His surprise marriage to theater director Sophie Hunter may have broken hearts, but the squeals of delight were even louder.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt|Melissa Leon|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A grand jury investigated but found Foster had broken no law.
How many husbands, wives, sons, and daughters have we lost to a broken system?Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And besides, as a nation, we hold this truth to be self-evident: resolutions are made to be broken.
In less than ten minutes, the bivouac was broken up, and our little army on the march.
On May 13 Polavieja arrived in Barcelona physically broken, half blind, and with evident traces of a disordered liver.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Do you want the marriage of your daughter with the rich and Honourable Harry broken?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Broken crocks should be strewn upon the tray, and on to this is heaped peaty soil mixed with sand.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
But I am afraid you would very soon get tired of us, and I ought to tell you, frankly, that our little home is to be—a broken up.Confidence|Henry James