heart·​bro·​ken | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrō-kən \

Definition of heartbroken

: overcome by sorrow

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Examples of heartbroken in a Sentence

not as heartbroken over missing out on the trip to New York as I thought she would be was utterly heartbroken when his pet dog died

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Benny passed away just minutes before Severide arrived at the hospital to say his final goodbyes, leaving the fatherless son heartbroken and alone. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago Fire' Shows Severide Facing Death in This Terrifying Sneak Peek," 13 Nov. 2018 Tommy’s father also told WDRB that the heartbroken patriarch was planning a large-scale, out-of-town search for his daughter the week after he was killed. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Crystal Rogers' mother suspects boyfriend for her disappearance in doc: 'You don't know what kind of monsters live there'," 24 Aug. 2018 Jennifer Aniston is many things—a successful actor, a supportive friend, a Smartwater spokesperson—but a heartbroken, lonely woman isn't one of them. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Jennifer Aniston on the Pressure to Have Kids: 'Maybe My Purpose on This Planet Isn't to Procreate'," 1 Aug. 2018 He is survived by his four heartbroken daughters Janet Mandell, Laura (Tony) Vitale, Renee (Rik) Reinhart and Leslie (Paul) Kleinman, and his grandchildren Jessica (Nadeem) Shariff, Christina Vitale, Rhett Bluni and Shay Kleinman. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 4/25," 25 Apr. 2018 The mystery surrounding the case has left residents of Barron heartbroken and hopeless, but Chris wants to help restore their faith. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Heartbreaking Reason 'The Voice' Star Chris Kroeze Dedicated His Performance to His Town," 20 Nov. 2018 According to multiple sources, Queen Elizabeth was left heartbroken this week when Whisper, her last corgi, died. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "It’s the End of an Era: Queen Elizabeth’s Last Corgi Has Died," 26 Oct. 2018 West Ham fans were left heartbroken on Tuesday as defender Reece Burke announced his departure from the club. SI.com, "'Gutted' West Ham Fans React as Young Starlet Announces Departure From London Stadium," 11 July 2018 When Barbara Bush died, Mr. Bush’s office described the former president as heartbroken but strong and stoic. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st President and Father of 43rd, Dies," 1 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of heartbroken

1572, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of heartbroken

: filled with great sadness


heart·​bro·​ken | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrō-kən \

Kids Definition of heartbroken

: overcome by sorrow … he ran away because he was heartbroken.— Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins

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