heartbreak

noun
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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Second, but most important: Congratulations on your pregnancy, especially after so much heartbreak. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Mom calls off your baby shower so you can plan sis’s bridal shower," 23 June 2019 England suffered more late heartbreak in the UEFA European Under-21 Championships as Romania sent the Three Lions home at the group stage. SI.com, "UEFA European Under-21 Championship Roundup: England & Croatia Crash Out Early," 22 June 2019 Second, but most important: Congratulations on your pregnancy, especially after so much heartbreak. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive.com, "Carolyn Hax: Saying no to bridal shower duties after baby shower ‘bait-and-slap’ is about living your truth," 22 June 2019 The past two decades, Jay had endured much heartbreak. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Crowbar's Kelly Jay, Co-Writer of Canadian Classic 'Oh, What a Feeling,' Dies Following a Stroke," 21 June 2019 The Tokes also dealt with their heartbreak by creating the Reagan Delaney Tokes Memorial Foundation, which provides college scholarships and hosts self-defense training at schools. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Killing of college girl from South Florida family to be featured on NBC’s ‘Dateline’," 21 June 2019 Your tough job now is to find a way to cope with your discomfort about this relationship, without dwelling on your daily heartbreak. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Older woman thinks she is a Mrs. Robinson," 20 June 2019 Your tough job now is to find a way to cope with your discomfort about this relationship, without dwelling on your daily heartbreak. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "53-year-old is ‘falling hard’ for a much younger man," 20 June 2019 Your tough job now is to find a way to cope with your discomfort about this relationship, without dwelling on your daily heartbreak. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Older woman thinks she is a Mrs. Robinson," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of heartbreak

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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heartbreak

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heartbreak

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

heartbreak

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

Kids Definition of heartbreak

: very great or deep grief

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