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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Amid the heartache, some locals are trying to find solace and a sense of normalcy in the small tasks. Dallas News, "Trump supporter reportedly with knife, gun briefly detained in El Paso," 8 Aug. 2019 The reaction in Los Angeles – and around the NBA at large – is one of heartache. Kyle Goon, Orange County Register, "Purple & Bold: DeMarcus Cousins’ injury opens a can of worms for the Lakers," 16 Aug. 2019 Gage Edward is looking to the future after a year filled with heartache. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Gage Edward Reflects on Year of 'Highs' and 'Lows' on 35th Birthday After Split from Jeff Lewis," 13 June 2019 Parents said the mistake caused heartache for some high-achieving eighth-graders whose top choice was New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan and who were rejected last month. ... Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Top New York City School Makes Big Admissions Error," 9 Apr. 2019 The 2017-18 school year featured some outstanding accomplishments and some heartache for Louisville-area high school athletes and programs. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville area's top 10 high school sports stories from 2017-18," 22 June 2018 Harder -- and full of heartache --when after posting news of her pregnancy on Facebook, early in 2014, Erin suffered a miscarriage. Paul Larosa, CBS News, "Search for missing Marine wife "like finding a needle in a thousand haystacks”," 12 June 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 Though now happily married to wife Hannah Lee Fowler, a nurse, the singer went through some heartache on the way to happily ever after. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Sam Hunt's Love Story With His Wife, Hannah Lee Fowler," 31 May 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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