heartbroken

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web But sedentary readers shouldn’t feel heartbroken—the researchers emphasized that changes in heart shape are likely reversible, with the incorporation of endurance activities like distance running and swimming over many years. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Running—or sitting—can change the shape of your heart," 16 Sep. 2019 Emory Milete, a former physical education teacher in Bisbal’s hometown of Salinas, is among those who were heartbroken but compelled to leave Puerto Rico for the Twin Cities after Hurricane Maria. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rubén Rosario: Dorian unnerves Puerto Ricans traumatized by Hurricane Maria," 30 Aug. 2019 One element of Biden’s story is rooted in an actual event: The vice president did pin a medal on a heartbroken soldier, Army Staff Sgt. Author: Matt Viser, Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "As he campaigns for president, Joe Biden tells a moving but false war story," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of heartbroken

1572, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of heartbroken was in 1572

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heartbroken

adjective
How to pronounce heartbroken (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of heartbroken

: filled with great sadness

heartbroken

adjective
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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