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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbrəʊkən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbroʊkən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(brōkən)

From the verb break: (⇒ conjugate)
broken is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
broken
Broken is the past participle of the verb break.
He has broken a window with a ball.
Broken is also an adjective. A broken object has split into pieces or has cracked, for example because it has been hit or dropped.
He sweeps away the broken glass under the window.
...a long table covered in broken crockery.
He glanced at the broken lock he was still holding in his free hand.
If a machine or device is not functioning because there is something wrong with it, you do not usually say that it ‘is broken’. You say that it does not work or is not working.
One of the lamps didn't work.
Chris sits beside him with sweaters on because the heater doesn't work.
The traffic lights weren't working properly.
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
break - brake
These words are both pronounced /breɪk/.
‘break’
If you break something or it breaks, it divides into two or more pieces, often because it has been hit or dropped.
He fell through the window, breaking the glass.
Break the bread into pieces and place on a baking tray.
The past tense of break is broke. The -ed participle is broken.
She dropped the cup, which broke into several pieces.
Someone has broken the shop window.
➜ See broken
‘brake’
A brake is a device on a vehicle that makes it slow down or stop.
He took his foot off the brake.
Brake is also a verb. When a vehicle or its driver brakes, the driver makes the vehicle slow down or stop by using the brake.
The taxi braked suddenly.
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