a. Smashed or broken: busted glass; a busted rib.
b. Out of order; inoperable: a busted vending machine.
2. Bankrupt or out of funds: I'd offer to pay, but I'm busted.
3. Tamed or broken: a busted bronco.
4. Slang Placed under arrest.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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