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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The cycle of meet cute, romance, heartbreak always ends in the same place: in the arms of my best friends. Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Glamour, "Someone Great Is Totally New Kind of Romantic Comedy," 19 Apr. 2019 Slowly, Cunningham was finding his way—but not without heartbreak. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 But Horstmann's heartbreak isn't totally dominating The Bachelorette conversation right now. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Bachelorette Fans Are Divided Over Garrett Yrigoyen's On-Air Apology," 7 Aug. 2018 For Wagler, on the court, and Dwayne, in the bleachers, the heartbreak was still fresh. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "How IHSAA basketball tournament run lifts entire small Indiana town," 15 Mar. 2018 Just believe that the heartbreak was a gift in itself! Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "30 Times Rihanna Reminded Us She’s an Icon," 19 Feb. 2018 Don't let heartache, heartbreak and despair be your only cloak. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland.com, "February may be short in days, yet full of opportunities: Sun Messages," 18 Feb. 2018 Just believe that the heartbreak was a gift itself! Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Gives the Best Breakup Advice To A Heartbroken Fan," 22 June 2017 Four years on from heartbreak in the 2014 World Cup final in Rio, Argentina's journey of redemption begins in Moscow against debutants Iceland on Saturday. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Argentina vs Iceland - Recent Form, Stats, Team News & More," 15 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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