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

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The aforementioned heartache led him to write this total jam, so things can’t be all bad, right? Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Shawn Mendes's "If I Can't Have You" Is a Total Bop That Already Has a Music Video," 3 May 2019 Despite this portrait of a happy family, viewers know there’s heartache to come for the Frasers. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 Many wondered on Twitter when Beatrice will find love, especially after enduring public heartache. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Eugenie's single sister Beatrice gains sympathy from Twitter after royal engagement announcement," 23 Apr. 2018 The scene was more like a visual representation of heartache on display for all to see. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Manheim Township beats La Salle to claim historic lacrosse title," 9 June 2018 And while Severide is in for more heartache, which will affect his relationship with Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo), fans can rest easy knowing there's a budding romance coming as well. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "'Chicago Fire' Fans Are Going to be 'Furious' After the Devastating Fall Finale," 28 Nov. 2018 Just taking a few moments on the front end can save you a lot of time and heartache and finances on the back end. Dennis Nishi, WSJ, "The Cybersecurity Mistakes Startups Make When They Get Big," 25 Nov. 2018 Another wild Concacaf Champions League evening left MLS with some familiar heartache, but also its best chance to win an elusive continental title for the first time in 17 years—and with it a prized spot in the FIFA Club World Cup. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Toronto FC Earns Matchup With Chivas de Guadalajara in Concacaf Champions League finals," 11 Apr. 2018 And your grandchildren will never know the firsthand heartache of repression. Alex Ward, Vox, "John Bolton just gave an “Axis of Evil” speech about Latin America," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of heartache

1578, in the meaning defined above

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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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