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Definition of "broken-down" []

  • Not in working order. (adjective)
  • In poor condition, as from old age; infirm. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "broken-down" in a sentence
  • "Assuming the situation isn’t immediately fraught with danger that is, your broken-down vehicle is visible to other cars that may be coming from either direction of the track, you’ve probably got time to mull over your options with a nice hot cup of tea."
  • "He says: "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.""
  • "Bloomberg News The Clam Bar For my daily uniform I like to keep it very casual and comfortable, with a broken-down pair of jeans and Nikes."