un·​re·​quit·​ed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈkwī-təd \

Definition of unrequited 

: not requited : not reciprocated or returned in kind unrequited love

Examples of unrequited in a Sentence

a song about unrequited love

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About 300 million people around the world use Quora at least once a month to ask and answer questions about politics, faith, calculus, unrequited love, the meaning of life and more; by comparison, Twitter claims 326 million monthly active users. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The one about Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal," 5 Dec. 2018 Bella’s most recent Instagram, posted September 12, features her in lingerie designed by none other than Drake’s ex/possible unrequited love, Rihanna. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Bella Harris? What We Know About the 18-Year-Old Model Reportedly Dating Drake," 14 Sep. 2018 Until recently Mendes was a popular teen pop star in the vein of Ed Sheeran, singing about crushes, heartbreak and unrequited love. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With new songs, Shawn Mendes makes a mighty impression at Summerfest in Milwaukee," 5 July 2018 Some colleagues were puzzled by Mr. Cohen’s unending—and largely unrequited—affection for Mr. Trump. Alexandra Berzon, WSJ, "‘What’s He Doing Here?’: Inside Trump’s Turbulent Relationship With Michael Cohen," 15 June 2018 Suddenly every illicit exchange, insult, and bit of unrequited longing that had happened within his entourage during the fiesta had a serious literary currency. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "The Untold Story of the Woman Who Inspired Hemingway to Write The Sun Also Rises," 5 June 2016 As the years passed, Olnek became less intrigued by the romantic angle and more by Dickinson’s unrequited desire to be known during her lifetime. Carla Meyer, SFChronicle.com, "Women front and center at Frameline, the LGBTQ film fest in San Francisco," 6 June 2018 The singer-songwriter went back to basics with an acoustic performance of her song about unrequited high school love, and the crowd sang along to every sentimental word. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "All the Surprise Songs Taylor Swift Has Performed on Her Reputation Stadium Tour B-Stage (So Far)," 26 May 2018 As far as relationships go, the human-tapeworm pairing is unrequited. Maria Masters, Health.com, "Every Question You Were Afraid to Ask About Tapeworms, Answered," 24 May 2018

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1556, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unrequited

: not shared or returned by someone else

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