What Is Another Way to Say “Broken Down”?

Looking for synonyms for broken down? We’ve got you covered!

Here’s a list of other ways to say broken down.

  • Malfunctioned
  • Failed
  • Collapsed
  • Deteriorated
  • Dysfunctional
  • Inoperative
  • Nonfunctional
  • Out of Order
  • Disabled
  • Kaput
  • Defunct
  • Impaired
  • Busted
  • Inoperable
  • Fractured

Want to learn how to say broken down professionally? Keep reading for examples and use cases.

1. Malfunctioned

Appropriate Use: Refers to a failure of a system or component to function properly.
Example: The printing machine malfunctioned during the large order process.

2. Failed

Appropriate Use: General use for when something stops working or is unsuccessful.
Example: The cooling system failed, causing a shutdown in production.

3. Collapsed

Appropriate Use: Suitable for describing a sudden failure, often structural or systematic.
Example: The database server collapsed under the heavy query load.

4. Deteriorated

Appropriate Use: Used when something has worsened over time to a state of dysfunction.
Example: The old factory equipment has deteriorated and needs replacement.

5. Dysfunctional

Appropriate Use: Describes something that is not operating normally or effectively.
Example: The dysfunctional communication system is affecting team productivity.

6. Inoperative

Appropriate Use: Used when something is not in working order or not functioning.
Example: The emergency exits were inoperative during the drill.

7. Nonfunctional

Appropriate Use: Similar to inoperative, indicating that something is not working.
Example: Due to nonfunctional software, the project deadline has been delayed.

8. Out of Order

Appropriate Use: A common phrase for machinery or equipment that is not working.
Example: The elevator is out of order and under maintenance.

9. Disabled

Appropriate Use: Indicates that something has been rendered inoperative.
Example: The security system was disabled during the upgrade.

10. Kaput

Appropriate Use: Informal, used to indicate something is broken or ruined.
Example: The old photocopier is kaput, we need a new one immediately.

11. Defunct

Appropriate Use: Used to describe something that no longer functions or exists.
Example: The defunct machinery in the warehouse must be cleared.

12. Impaired

Appropriate Use: Suitable for describing something that is weakened or damaged.
Example: The impaired network connections are causing delays in communication.

13. Busted

Appropriate Use: Informal, used to describe something that is broken or not working.
Example: The heating system in the office is busted.

14. Inoperable

Appropriate Use: Indicates that something cannot be used or operated.
Example: The inoperable air conditioning system must be fixed before summer.

15. Fractured

Appropriate Use: Typically used for something broken, especially into pieces, or cracked.
Example: The support beam in the construction site is fractured.

Linda Brown