heart·​bro·​ken | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrō-kən How to pronounce heartbroken (audio) \

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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Hearing about Elliot's passing leaves us heartbroken for his family, friends, longtime clients and partners in this business of art. Tegan & Sara, Billboard, "Tegan & Sara 'Forever Grateful' For Elliot Roberts' Instincts and Kindness," 27 June 2019 Tony is heartbroken to find his family ripped away from him, a very real fear that many immigrants have given the controversial immigration policies under Donald Trump. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Why 13 Reasons Why Included The ICE Storyline In Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019 When Raja did not return one season after some 15 years, Norine was heartbroken. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "Rejoice as turtles make their return | Opinion," 15 Aug. 2019 She one-ups her own heartbroken spontaneity by purchasing a decrepit villa in Tuscany. Jacqueline Kantor, Curbed, "Beginning again when a home falls apart," 8 Aug. 2019 Hundreds of miles away from the crime scenes, heartbroken relatives on two continents are grieving a tragic love story that started when the couple met in Croatia years ago. Faith Karimi, CNN, "They embraced at a gas station during their road trip. Two days later, they were found dead on a highway," 28 July 2019 The first picture features Fleck as a downtrodden, heartbroken man riding through the streets of Gotham. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Follow Joaquin Phoenix's complete descent into 'Joker' madness in three new, insane photos," 25 July 2019 For her, going north to school and encountering the writings of William Faulkner threw wide the door of my ignorant childhood, and the future, the heartbroken future filled with hitherto unasked questions, strolled easefully in. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse producer enlists lots of cool singers to handle the vocals on his new heartbroken solo album of sorts, Late Night Feelings, including Lykke Li and Miley Cyrus. Dan Deluca, chicagotribune.com, "The songs of summer: Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, Bruce Springsteen, and more," 5 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce heartbroken (audio) \

Kids Definition of heartbroken

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

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