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broken is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of broken in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… that package was not broken up it still …”

meanings of broken


  1. Split or ruptured.
  2. Fractured; having the bone in pieces.
  3. Disconnected, no longer open or carrying traffic.
  4. Grammatically non-standard, especially as a result of being produced by a non-native speaker.
  5. Interrupted; not continuous.
  6. Dashed, made up of short lines with small gaps between each one and the next.
  7. Having no money; bankrupt, broke.
  8. Overpowered; overly powerful; too powerful.
  9. Badly designed or implemented.
  10. Non-functional; not functioning properly.
  11. Having periods of silence scattered throughout; not regularly continuous.
  12. Fragmented, in separate pieces.
  13. Breached; violated; not kept.
  14. Completely defeated and dispirited; shattered; destroyed.
  15. Five-eighths to seven-eighths obscured by clouds; incompletely covered by clouds.
  16. Not having gone in the way intended; saddening.
  17. Uneven.


  1. Past participle of break.


  1. Torres Strait Creole.

broken frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word broken occurs in english on average 73.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics broken can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that broken can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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