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See the entry forbroken.
Past participle ofbreak.


An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (fragmented)
a. roto
His broken foot prevented him from playing in the game.El pie roto le impidió jugar en el partido.
b. quebrado
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
We can't use the shovel with the broken handle.No podemos usar la pala con el mango quebrado.
2. (emotionally distraught)
a. destrozado
After the divorce, you could see he was a broken man.Después del divorcio, se veía que era un hombre destrozado.
3. (not functioning)
a. estropeado
My sewing machine is broken so I'll have to sew it by hand.Mi máquina de coser está estropeada, así que tendré que coserlo a mano.
b. averiado
We replaced the broken computer with a new one.Reemplazamos la computadora averiada con una nueva.
4. (full of mistakes)
a. chapurreado
She could only speak broken English.No hablaba más que un inglés chapurreado.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (object, bone, promise)
a. roto(a)
2. (ground, surface)
a. accidentado(a)
3. (fig)
a. destrozado(a) (person, heart)
in a broken voicecon la voz quebrada
to speak broken Englishchapurrear inglés
broken homehogar deshecho or roto
broken [ˈbrəʊkən]
1 [+object] roto; quebrado; (LAm) [+bone] roto; fracturado; [+skin] cortado
"do not use on broken skin" "no aplicar si hay cortes o heridas en la piel"; he sounds like a broken record parece un disco rallado
At the hospital Magda repeats to everyone, like a broken record, that she and her daughter are both pregnant At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I must extend my sincere thanks to ...
2 (not working) [+machine] estropeado; averiado
The coffee machine's broken
3 (uneven) [+road surface] accidentado
4 (ruined) [+health, spirit] quebrantado; [+heart] roto; destrozado
to die of a broken heart morir de pena
...a young woman whose mother had died of a broken heart after the arrest of her husband I would probably have died from a broken heart longing for my children
broken in health deshecho; muy decaído; a broken man un hombre deshecho; a broken reed una persona quemada
5 (interrupted) [+line] quebrado; [+voice] entrecortado; [+sleep] interrumpido; [+cloud] fragmentario
The moon was veiled in broken cloud through which, from time to time, shone piercing shafts of pale greenish light The sun was shining fitfully from behind the broken cloud
he speaks broken English chapurrea el inglés; she had a broken night durmió mal, despertándose a cada momento
6 (failed) [+marriage] deshecho
a broken home una familia dividida
7 [+promise] roto; quebrantado
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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