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 second-seeded Beavers’ season ended in heartbreak, after their bullpen ran out of gas and their late-game magic finally vanished. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 7 June 2021 After more than 23 years of heartbreak, Cruz Azul is the Liga MX champion once again. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 That kind of heartbreak leads a young woman to collapse in a grocery store. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, 29 May 2021 While writing her new book, Instructions for Dancing, bestselling author Nicola Yoon was struggling with the question of whether love is worth the pain of heartbreak. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 26 May 2021 Nearly a decade after Paige Birgfeld was last seen, and after years of heartbreak, her family feels there is no such thing as having full closure with her death. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 21 May 2021 There's the whole matching process, there's competition from other parents, there's a lot of ups and downs, and a lot of let downs, and there's a lot of heartbreak. Clark Collis, EW.com, 18 May 2021 Cleveland's turnaround season ended Sunday in heartbreak. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, 17 Jan. 2021 Two of the last three times the New Orleans Saints have played the Minnesota Vikings, both games resulted in heartbreak for New Orleans. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of heartbreak

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heartbreak was in the 14th century

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“Heartbreak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbreak. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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