broke vs broken :

broke or 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.”

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Definitions

  • v  terminate
  • v  become separated into pieces or fragments
    The figurine broke
  • v  render inoperable or ineffective
    You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!
  • v  ruin completely
  • v  destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
    He broke the glass plate
    She broke the match
  • v  act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  • v  move away or escape suddenly
    The horses broke from the stable
    Three inmates broke jail
  • v  scatter or part
    The clouds broke after the heavy downpour
  • 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
    Someone broke in while I was on vacation
    They broke into my car and stole my radio!
    who broke into my account last night?
  • v  make submissive, obedient, or useful
    I broke in the new intern
  • 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
    he broke the news to her
  • v  come into being
    light broke over the horizon
    Voices broke in the air
  • v  stop operating or functioning
    The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town
    The coffee maker broke
  • v  interrupt a continued activity
    She had broken with the traditional patterns
  • v  make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
    The ranks broke
  • v  curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
    The surf broke
  • v  lessen in force or effect
  • v  be broken in
  • v  come to an end
    The heat wave finally broke yesterday
  • v  vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
    The flat plain was broken by tall mesas
  • v  cause to give up a habit
    She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes
  • v  give up
  • v  come forth or begin from a state of latency
    The first winter storm broke over New York
  • v  happen or take place
  • v  cause the failure or ruin of
    His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage
  • v  invalidate by judicial action
    The will was broken
  • v  discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
    The business partners broke over a tax question
  • v  assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    He was broken down to Sergeant
  • v  reduce to bankruptcy
  • v  change directions suddenly
  • v  emerge from the surface of a body of water
    The whales broke
  • v  break down, literally or metaphorically
    The dam broke
  • 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
    The referee broke the boxers
  • v  go to pieces
    The lawn mower finally broke
  • v  break a piece from a whole
  • v  become punctured or penetrated
    The skin broke
  • v  pierce or penetrate
    The blade broke her skin
  • v  be released or become known; of news
    News of her death broke in the morning
  • v  cease an action temporarily
  • v  interrupt the flow of current in
  • v  undergo breaking
    The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages
  • v  find a flaw in
  • v  find the solution or key to
  • v  change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
    Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children
  • v  happen
  • v  become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
  • v  crack; of the male voice in puberty
  • v  fall sharply
    stock prices broke
  • v  fracture a bone of
    I broke my foot while playing hockey
  • v  diminish or discontinue abruptly
    The patient's fever broke last night
  • v  weaken or destroy in spirit or body
    His resistance was broken
    a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death
  • s  lacking funds

  • 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
    She had broken with the traditional patterns
  • 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
    The flat plain was broken by tall mesas
  • 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
    The will was broken
  • v  discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  • v  assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    He was broken down to Sergeant
  • 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
  • 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
    His resistance was broken
    a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death
  • a  physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
    a broken mirror
    a broken tooth
    a broken leg
    his neck is broken
  • a  not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly
    broken lines of defense
    a broken cable transmission
    broken sleep
    tear off the stub above the broken line
    a broken note
    broken sobs
  • s  subdued or brought low in condition or status
    a broken man
    his broken spirit
  • a  (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded
    broken (or unkept) promises
    broken contracts
  • s  tamed or trained to obey
    a horse broken to the saddle
    this old nag is well broken in
  • s  topographically very uneven
    broken terrain
  • s  imperfectly spoken or written
    broken English
  • s  thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
    troops fleeing in broken ranks
  • s  weakened and infirm
    broken health resulting from alcoholism
  • s  destroyed financially
    the broken fortunes of the family
  • s  out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken')
    a broken washing machine
    the coke machine is broken
  • s  discontinuous
    broken clouds
    broken sunshine
  • s  lacking a part or parts
    a broken set of encyclopedia
News & Articles

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