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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Kylie is reportedly heartbroken over everything that happened. Tamara Fuentes And Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Jordyn Woods? Everything You Need to Know About Kylie's Ex-BFF," 22 Feb. 2019 Why not make a rom-com about Shirley MacLaine’s character, who was a Hollywood starlet in the 1960s, and Hector Elizondo, an architect and devoted husband who is heartbroken to learn of her long-ago infidelity? Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Only Thing Worse Than Valentine's Day Is Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2019 Jenna Dewan's dog with ex Channing Tatum passed away late last year, and Jenna was (understandably) heartbroken. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Steve Kazee and Jenna Dewan's Dogs Are Legit in Love, Just Like Them," 6 Mar. 2019 Her death left Leopold heartbroken and England without an heir-presumptive. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Queen Victoria's Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium?," 18 Feb. 2019 Case in point: Following her split from husband Justin Theroux earlier this year, all eyes—and headlines—have framed Aniston as crippled and heartbroken, rather than a human, adult woman with thoughts and feelings of her own. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Aniston: "Maybe My Purpose on This Planet Isn’t to Procreate"," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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