broke vs broken : Common Errors in English

About broke vs broken

When you break something, it’s broken, not “broke,” though a person or organization which has run out of money can be said in informal speech to be “broke.” Otherwise, use “broke” only as the simple past tense of “break,” without a helping verb: “Azfar broke the record,” but “The record was broken by Azfar.”

broke Meaning(s)

  • (v) cease an action temporarily
  • (v) interrupt the flow of current in
  • (v) undergo breaking
  • (v) find a flaw in
  • (v) find the solution or key to
  • (v) change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
  • (v) happen
  • (v) become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
  • (v) crack; of the male voice in puberty
  • (v) fall sharply
  • (v) fracture a bone of
  • (v) diminish or discontinue abruptly
  • (v) weaken or destroy in spirit or body
  • (s) lacking funds
  • (n) some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
  • (n) an unexpected piece of good luck
  • (n) (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  • (n) a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  • (n) a pause from doing something (as work)
  • (n) the act of breaking something
  • (n) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • (n) breaking of hard tissue such as bone
  • (n) the occurrence of breaking
  • (n) an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
  • (n) the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
  • (n) (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
  • (n) an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
  • (n) a sudden dash
  • (n) any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
  • (n) an escape from jail
  • (v) terminate
  • (v) become separated into pieces or fragments
  • (v) render inoperable or ineffective
  • (v) ruin completely
  • (v) destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
  • (v) act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  • (v) move away or escape suddenly
  • (v) scatter or part
  • (v) force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
  • (v) prevent completion
  • (v) enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
  • (v) make submissive, obedient, or useful
  • (v) fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
  • (v) surpass in excellence
  • (v) make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  • (v) come into being
  • (v) stop operating or functioning
  • (v) interrupt a continued activity
  • (v) make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
  • (v) curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
  • (v) lessen in force or effect
  • (v) be broken in
  • (v) come to an end
  • (v) vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
  • (v) cause to give up a habit
  • (v) give up
  • (v) come forth or begin from a state of latency
  • (v) happen or take place
  • (v) cause the failure or ruin of
  • (v) invalidate by judicial action
  • (v) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  • (v) assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
  • (v) reduce to bankruptcy
  • (v) change directions suddenly
  • (v) emerge from the surface of a body of water
  • (v) break down, literally or metaphorically
  • (v) do a break dance
  • (v) exchange for smaller units of money
  • (v) destroy the completeness of a set of related items
  • (v) make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  • (v) separate from a clinch, in boxing
  • (v) go to pieces
  • (v) break a piece from a whole
  • (v) become punctured or penetrated
  • (v) pierce or penetrate
  • (v) be released or become known; of news

broken Meaning(s)

  • (v) cease an action temporarily
  • (v) interrupt the flow of current in
  • (v) undergo breaking
  • (v) find a flaw in
  • (v) find the solution or key to
  • (v) change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
  • (v) happen
  • (v) become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
  • (v) crack; of the male voice in puberty
  • (v) fall sharply
  • (v) fracture a bone of
  • (v) diminish or discontinue abruptly
  • (v) weaken or destroy in spirit or body
  • (a) physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
  • (a) not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly
  • (s) subdued or brought low in condition or status
  • (a) (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded
  • (s) tamed or trained to obey
  • (s) topographically very uneven
  • (s) imperfectly spoken or written
  • (s) thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
  • (s) weakened and infirm
  • (s) destroyed financially
  • (s) out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken')
  • (s) discontinuous
  • (s) lacking a part or parts
  • (n) some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
  • (n) an unexpected piece of good luck
  • (n) (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  • (n) a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  • (n) a pause from doing something (as work)
  • (n) the act of breaking something
  • (n) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • (n) breaking of hard tissue such as bone
  • (n) the occurrence of breaking
  • (n) an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
  • (n) the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
  • (n) (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
  • (n) an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
  • (n) a sudden dash
  • (n) any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
  • (n) an escape from jail
  • (v) terminate
  • (v) become separated into pieces or fragments
  • (v) render inoperable or ineffective
  • (v) ruin completely
  • (v) destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
  • (v) act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  • (v) move away or escape suddenly
  • (v) scatter or part
  • (v) force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
  • (v) prevent completion
  • (v) enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
  • (v) make submissive, obedient, or useful
  • (v) fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
  • (v) surpass in excellence
  • (v) make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  • (v) come into being
  • (v) stop operating or functioning
  • (v) interrupt a continued activity
  • (v) make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
  • (v) curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
  • (v) lessen in force or effect
  • (v) be broken in
  • (v) come to an end
  • (v) vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
  • (v) cause to give up a habit
  • (v) give up
  • (v) come forth or begin from a state of latency
  • (v) happen or take place
  • (v) cause the failure or ruin of
  • (v) invalidate by judicial action
  • (v) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  • (v) assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
  • (v) reduce to bankruptcy
  • (v) change directions suddenly
  • (v) emerge from the surface of a body of water
  • (v) break down, literally or metaphorically
  • (v) do a break dance
  • (v) exchange for smaller units of money
  • (v) destroy the completeness of a set of related items
  • (v) make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  • (v) separate from a clinch, in boxing
  • (v) go to pieces
  • (v) break a piece from a whole
  • (v) become punctured or penetrated
  • (v) pierce or penetrate
  • (v) be released or become known; of news

broke in News

  1. Controversies: Alll hell broke loose after HGTV...

    Alll hell broke loose after HGTV recommended using an American flag "as a bright and festive table runner" in a post about Fourth of July entertaining ideas. Facebook comments such as "No one dies for a table cloth" and "What...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Curbed

  2. Carlsbad police: Man broke into girlfriend's home to take their son

    A father who allegedly broke down the front door of his ex-girlfriend's house to take his son was arrested Tuesday in Carlsbad.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Carlsbad Current-Argus

  3. The Philadelphia Flyers really are going for broke: They just traded for a 35-year-old defenseman's

    The Philadelphia Flyers really are going for broke : They just traded for a 35-year-old defenseman's negotiating rights even though his asking price will likely fuck up their salary cap situation. [ Sporting News ]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Deadspin

broken in News

  1. Broken Arrow water tests negative, boil order lifted

    Broken Arrow water tests negative, boil order lifted
    on June 13, 2013 Source: FOX 11 Reno

  2. Broken Arrow water tanks filling, boil order remains

    Broken Arrow water tanks filling, boil order remains
    on June 13, 2013 Source: FOX 11 Reno

  3. Broken Arrow city manager rescinds water emergency

    Broken Arrow officials say restaurants can reopen after testing found the city's water supply is safe.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KWTV News9

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