heart·​break | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrāk How to pronounce heartbreak (audio) \

Definition of heartbreak

: crushing grief, anguish, or distress

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Examples of heartbreak in a Sentence

He recently suffered a string of romantic heartbreaks. I understand the heartbreak you must feel over your grandmother's death.

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For your weekly dose of heartbreak, tune into NCIS: Los Angeles Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on CBS. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: Los Angeles' Hints Kensi's Life Will 'Change' in a Seriously Emotional Preview," 13 Jan. 2019 After multiple seasons of heartbreak on The Bachelor franchises, things are finally turning around for Ashley Iaconetti. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "How Bachelor Winter Games' Ashley I. and Kevin Are Making Their Long Distance Relationship Work," 22 Feb. 2018 Amid the heartbreak resulting from recent school shootings comes news of exceptional bravery displayed by students. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Brave Young Men of Highlands Ranch and Charlotte," 8 May 2019 Around the same time, Joe Biden was working through heartbreak of his own: just weeks after being elected senator in 1972, his wife, Neilia, and 1-year-old daughter, Naomi, died in a car accident. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Why Jill Biden Might Just Be Joe Biden's Greatest Political Asset," 25 Apr. 2019 Actor Patrick Vaill is the one responsible for this heartbreak. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Why Patrick Vaill is the Most Heartbreaking Jud Fry Ever Cast in Oklahoma!," 26 Apr. 2019 There was heartbreak from sea to shining sea when NASA announced that Mars Exploration Rover B (a.k.a. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Here’s the Real Story Behind the Demise of Mars Rover B," 28 Feb. 2019 Argentina has known heartbreak and disappointment too many times to indulge in the folly of overconfidence. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "For Argies, Soccer is Religion, World Cup Win is Heaven," 16 June 2018 Yes, my affliction is twofold: a whole lot of heartbreak and a good dose of existential crisis. Ginny Brzezinski /, NBC News, "Handling empty nest syndrome," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of heartbreak

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of heartbreak

: a very strong feeling of sadness, disappointment, etc.


heart·​break | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrāk How to pronounce heartbreak (audio) \

Kids Definition of heartbreak

: very great or deep grief

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