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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Now, Rivera is heartbroken and determined to get him back. Lisa Cianci, OrlandoSentinel.com, "East Orange community searches for Goldendoodle that bolted during fireworks," 7 July 2018 As Anne, Robyn Cohen finds the perfect, sympathetic balance as her father’s loving but heartbroken and frustrated caretaker. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North Coast Rep's clever 'Father' slips inside the demented mind," 3 June 2018 In a court filing previously hidden from public view, Richardson's attorneys describe a mom who was heartbroken and scared because her baby was stillborn. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Buried baby case: Skylar Richardson's attorney blames forensic expert for turning case into something 'sinister and grotesque'," 6 Mar. 2018 Most [abortions] are not experiences that women are feeling heartbroken over. Cari Romm, The Cut, "How to Make an Abortion Joke," 2 May 2018 Of course, feeling heartbroken over a girl is all in the past for Sheeran, who’s currently engaged to fiancée Cherry Seaborn. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Ed Sheeran's Lookalike Puppet Is Back and Starring in the New Music Video for 'Happier'," 27 Apr. 2018 Her 2005 split from now-ex-husband Brad Pitt inspired a veritable lifetime of demeaning and belittling headlines that constantly paint her as the heartbroken victim in a classic love triangle (with Pitt and Angelina Jolie). Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Why Be Engaged When You Can Be An Ex?," 13 July 2018 The heartbroken boyfriend of tragic Love Island star Sophie Gradon has today been found dead — just weeks after her suicide. Fox News, "Boyfriend of 'Love Island' star Sophie Gradon found dead weeks after her death," 10 July 2018 Adults — mentors — who knew those boys are now heartbroken that both were gunned down in the 3600 block of Wabash Avenue on Monday night, Jeremiah at the age of 16, and Demonte, only 15. Joe Robertson And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Jeremiah and Demonte, 'just kids,' mourned as victims of gun violence," 27 June 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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