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.
Recent Examples on the Web The film explores some of the singer's darkest times, including her drug addiction (which ranged from pills to cocaine), eating disorder and heartbreak. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Demi Lovato teams up with YouTube again for four-part docuseries on personal, musical journey," 25 June 2020 General Motors’ former Lordstown Assembly Plant has frequently been used to highlight the heartbreak and promise of the American auto industry. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Pence touts Lordstown comeback at Endurance electric pickup reveal," 25 June 2020 That gut-wrenching defeat in Columbus preceded a similar heartbreak in 2019, when another one-loss Moeller team was stunned in the regional final by Lakota East after yielding a pair of second-half goals. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "Mike Welker and Moeller soccer keeping high expectations with new wave of leaders," 25 June 2020 The Brewers would have broken through after years of heartbreak. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How would the Milwaukee Brewers have fared in past years with a 60-game schedule?," 24 June 2020 The biggest heartbreak of the season, after all, was the one caused by their separation. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Insecure Is Finally Growing Up," 18 June 2020 For relatives, who said the remains belong to the children, their heartbreak was magnified. Rebecca Boone, azcentral, "Idaho community mourns after remains found of 2 kids with Arizona ties," 13 June 2020 For relatives, who said the remains belong to the children, their heartbreak was magnified. Rebecca Boone, BostonGlobe.com, "Idaho community mourns after remains of 2 kids found," 13 June 2020 In *just* over an hour and a half, the movie paints a tender, heart-rending picture of a young woman grappling with first loves, heartbreak, ambition, and family. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "You Can Watch Three Of These Movies In The Time It Takes To View The Irishman," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of heartbreak

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Heartbreak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbreak. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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