- 1[countable] the organ in the chest that sends blood around the body, usually on the left in humans The patient's heart stopped beating for a few seconds. heart trouble/failure/disease to have a weak heart I could feel my heart pounding in my chest (= because of excitement etc.). see also open-heart surgery
- 2[countable] (literary) the outside part of the chest where the heart is She clasped the photo to her heart. feelings/emotions
- 3[countable] the place in a person where the feelings and emotions are thought to be, especially those connected with love She has a kind heart. Have you no heart? He returned with a heavy heart (= sad). Her novels tend to deal with affairs of the heart. The story captured the hearts and minds of a generation. see also broken heart -hearted
- 4(in adjectives) having the type of character or personality mentioned cold-hearted kind-hearted important part
- 5 [singular] heart (of something) the most important part of something synonym crux the heart of the matter/problem The committee's report went to the heart of the government's dilemma. The distinction between right and wrong lies at the heart of all questions of morality. center
- 6[countable, usually singular] heart (of something) the part that is in the center of something a quiet hotel in the very heart of the city of cabbage
- 7[countable] the smaller leaves in the middle of a cabbage, lettuce, etc. shape
- 8[countable] a thing shaped like a heart, often red and used as a symbol of love; a symbol shaped like a heart used to mean the verb “love” The words “I love you” were written inside a big red heart. (informal) I ♥ New York. in card games
- 9hearts [plural] one of the four sets of cards (called suits ) in a deck of cards, with red heart symbols on them the queen of hearts Hearts are trumps.
- 10[countable] one card from the set of hearts Who played that heart? Idioms
part of body
nounjump to other results
used to say that when you are away from someone that you love, you love them even more
absence makes the heart grow fonder (saying)jump to other results
used to say what someone is really like even though they may seem to be something different He's still a socialist at heart.
at heartjump to other results
if something is etched on your memory, you remember it because it has made a strong impression on you
be etched on your heart/memory/mindjump to other results
to make someone feel very unhappy She broke his heart when she called off the engagement. It breaks my heart to see you like this.
break somebody's heartjump to other results
using only your memory I've dialed the number so many times I know it by heart.
by heartjump to other results
if you have a change of heart, your attitude toward something changes, usually making you feel more friendly, helpful, etc. Dan did not want to get married but recently he's had a change of heart.
a change of heartjump to other results
having a lot of importance and interest for someone
close/dear/near to somebody's heartjump to other results
used to emphasize that you are telling the truth or will do what you promise I saw him do it—cross my heart.
cross my heart (and hope to die) (informal)jump to other results
to feel very unhappy, especially because you want someone or something you cannot have I'm not going to mope at home, eating my heart out for some man.
eat your heart out (for somebody/something)jump to other results
to be able or willing to do something Can you find it in your heart to forgive her? He couldn't find it in himself to trust anyone again.
find it in your heart/yourself to do somethingjump to other results
in a way that is sincere I beg you, from the bottom of my heart, to spare his life. It was clearly an offer that came from the heart.
from the (bottom of your) heartjump to other results
to make someone feel positive, especially when they thought that they had no chance of achieving something
give somebody heartjump to other results
to give your love to one person
give your heart to somebodyjump to other results
used to ask someone to be kind and/or reasonable Have a heart! I've nowhere else to stay!
have a heart! (informal)jump to other results
to be a very kind person
have a heart of goldjump to other results
to be a person who does not show others sympathy
have a heart of stonejump to other results
to want someone to be happy and successful even though your actions may not show this
have somebody's interests at heartjump to other results
with a lot of energy and enthusiasm They threw themselves heart and soul into the project.
heart and souljump to other results
used to say that you do not feel sympathy for someone “I have to go to Brazil on business.” “My heart bleeds for you!”
my heart bleeds (for somebody) (ironic)jump to other results
used to say that you feel a lot of sympathy for someone Our hearts go out to the families of the victims.
your heart goes out to somebodyjump to other results
someone feels nervous or frightened about something My heart was in my mouth as she opened the envelope.
somebody's heart is in their mouthjump to other results
used to say that someone's intentions are kind and sincere even though they sometimes do the wrong thing
somebody's heart is in the right placejump to other results
used to say that you are not very interested in or enthusiastic about something
your heart is not in somethingjump to other results
used to say that someone has a sudden feeling of happiness or excitement My heart leapt at the news.
somebody's heart leapsjump to other results
used to say that someone suddenly feels sad or depressed about something My heart sank when I saw how much work there was left. She watched him go with a sinking heart.
somebody's heart sinksjump to other results
used to say that someone has a sudden feeling of fear, excitement, etc. My heart skipped a beat when I saw who it was.
somebody's heart skips a beatjump to other results
a home is where the people you love are
home is where the heart is (saying)jump to other results
if you know something in your heart, you have a strong feeling that it is true She knew in her heart of hearts that she was making the wrong decision.
in your heart (of hearts)jump to other results
it makes someone feel happy when they see or hear something It does my heart good to see the old place being taken care of so well.
it does somebody's heart good (to do something)jump to other results
to act according to what you feel rather than to what you think is sensible
let your heart rule your headjump to other results
to stop hoping for something or trying to do something because you no longer feel confident
lose heartjump to other results
to fall in love with someone or something
lose your heart (to somebody/something) (formal)jump to other results
a man/woman who likes the same things or has the same opinions as you
a man/woman after your own heartjump to other results
to be unable to do something because you know that it will make someone sad or upset
not have the heart (to do something)jump to other results
from feelings of kindness, without thinking about what advantage there will be for you You're not telling me he offered to lend you the money out of the goodness of his heart?
out of the goodness of your heartjump to other results
to tell someone all your problems, feelings, etc.
pour out/open your heart to somebodyjump to other results
to want something very much They've set their heart on a house in the country.
set your heart on something, have your heart set on somethingjump to other results
very unhappy or disappointed
sick at heart (formal)jump to other results
to cry noisily for a long time because you are very sad
sob your heart outjump to other results
to make someone fall in love with you
steal somebody's heart (literary)jump to other results
to make someone be afraid, etc.
strike fear, etc. into somebody/sb's heart (formal)jump to other results
to feel more positive about something, especially when you thought that you had no chance of achieving something The government can take heart from the latest opinion polls.
take heart (from something)jump to other results
to be very upset by something that someone says or does You shouldn't take everything he says to heart.
take something to heartjump to other results
to strongly affect you in an emotional way
tear at your heart, tear your heart out (formal)jump to other results
to destroy the most important part or aspect of something Closing the factory tore the heart out of the community.
tear/rip the heart out of somethingjump to other results
as much as you want a supervised play area where children can run around to their heart's content
to your heart's contentjump to other results
the way to make someone like or love you The way to a man's heart is through his stomach (= by giving him good food).
the way to somebody's heartjump to other results
to allow your feelings to be seen by other people He's not one to wear his heart on his sleeve.
wear your heart on your sleevejump to other results
to make someone love you
win somebody's heartjump to other results
completely I hope with all my heart that things work out for you.
with all your heart/your whole heartjump to other results
thinking and behaving like a young person even when you are old My father is 76 but he's still young at heart.
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