heart·​ache | \ ˈhärt-ˌāk How to pronounce heartache (audio) \

Definition of heartache

: anguish of mind : sorrow

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Examples of heartache in a Sentence

I've had more than my share of heartaches in my life. the heartache she felt when she saw the innocent victims of the war
Recent Examples on the Web The heartache Young said delayed the original release is palpable in many of the songs' lyrics. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Neil Young's 'Homegrown' finally sees the light of day, 45 years after heartache delayed it," 20 June 2020 The lyrics are mostly dour, filled with heartache, confusion and the occasional glimmer of hope. Dallas News, "Norah Jones paced herself. 9 Grammys later, her approach is paying off," 11 June 2020 With every release her ability to genuinely express heartache grows and grows. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "Indigo Girls, Tayla Parx, Linda Perry, and more share their favorite love songs by queer artists," 11 June 2020 Some heartache is felt, but your professional life is brilliant. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 11 June 2020 Endeavoring to cure her perpetual heartache, her father ships her off to cooking school in Paris. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "Try a Turban: Audrey Hepburn’s Bad-Hair-Day Fix," 3 June 2020 Thirty-two years ago, the Detroit Pistons cured a franchise-long heartache. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Remembering the night Detroit Pistons dethroned Boston Celtics, finally made NBA Finals," 3 June 2020 The common experience of sharing food, worship, music, heartaches, prayer, tears and joyful laughter is just about the best thing in the world. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Did the virus kill Dinner on the Grounds?," 20 May 2020 For those in love, heartache caused by separation is another excruciating element. Shannon Doyne, New York Times, "How Has Social Distancing Changed Dating for Teenagers?," 18 May 2020

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First Known Use of heartache

1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heartache was in 1578

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4 Jul 2020

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“Heartache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartache. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heartache

: a strong feeling of sadness


heart·​ache | \ ˈhärt-ˌāk How to pronounce heartache (audio) \

Kids Definition of heartache

: sorrow entry 1 sense 1 He's suffered a great deal of heartache.

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