Topic: HUMAN

Language: Old English
Origin: heorte


heart S1 W1

body organ

[countable]HB the organ in your chest which pumps blood through your bodyCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
somebody's heart beats somebody's heart pounds/thuds/thumps (=it beats very strongly) somebody's heart races (=it beats very fast) a weak heart (=an unhealthy heart) heart trouble/problems a heart condition (=something wrong with your heart) somebody's heart rate (=the number of times their heart beats per minute)
Regular exercise is good for the heart.
Can you hear my heart beating?
Her cheeks were hot and her heart was pounding.
My heart raced. Were we going to land safely?
Daniel had no history of heart problems.
She suffers from a rare heart condition.
His breathing and heart rate were now normal.


[countable] the part of you that feels strong emotions and feelings:
His heart was full of anger and grief.
The plight of the refugees had tugged at the nation's heart.
The doctor had an extremely kind heart.
She could hardly speak for the ache in her heart.
It would break Kate's heart (=make her extremely sad) to leave the lovely old house.
He left the country with a heavy heart (=great sadness).
Edith loved her boy with all her heart and soul.
I was still pretty innocent then when it came to affairs of the heart (=matters relating to love and sex).
a woman with a heart of gold (=very kind character)
Sometimes I think he's got a heart of stone (=very cruel character).
I'm glad I followed my heart rather than my head for once.
My father told me never to let my heart rule my. head.
kind-hearted/cold-hearted/hard-hearted etc (=having a kind, unkind, cruel etc character)
He thinks of himself as a warm-hearted and caring human being.

your chest

[countable usually singular] the part of your chest near your heart:
He put his hand on his heart.


[countable] a shape used to represent a heart

from the (bottom of your) heart

with great sincerity and strength of feeling:
Leonard spoke from the heart.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
She sang the songs straight from the heart.

in your heart (of hearts)

if you know, feel, or believe something in your heart, you are secretly sure about it although you may not admit it:
In her heart she knew she would never go.
Deep in his heart, he wanted Laura back.

important part of something

[singular] the most important or central part of a problem, question etc
the heart of something
difficult issues at the heart of science policy
We must get to the heart of the problem.


[uncountable] confidence and courage:
This inspiring service gave us new heart.
We mustn't lose heart when people complain.
We've got to take a bit of heart from the fact that we won.

at heart

if you are a particular kind of person at heart, that is the kind of person that you really are even though you may appear or behave differently:
He may be a working class boy at heart, but his lifestyle has been transformed.
Let's face it, we're all romantics at heart.

➔ have somebody's (best) interests at heart

at interest1 (5)

➔ young at heart

at young1 (5)

the centre of an area

[countable] the middle part of an area furthest from the edge
in the heart of something
a house in the heart of London
at the heart of something
an old house at the heart of an ancient forest

close/dear to somebody's heart

very important to someone:
The President liked to go to Williamsburg, a place close to his heart.
Money is dear to Kathleen's heart.

the hearts and minds of somebody

the thoughts, emotions, and attitudes a group of people have about a particular subject, which is a combination of their strong emotional feelings and their calm and sensible thoughts:
The president must try to win the hearts and minds of the voters.

by heart

when you know something by heart, you remember all of it exactly:
After a few days of phoning Stephanie, he knew her number by heart.
Actors have to learn their lines by heart.

somebody's heart sinks

used to say that someone suddenly lost hope and began to feel unhappy:
Her heart sank when she saw the number of books she had to read.

with all your heart

with all your strength, energy, or emotion:
He hates Los Angeles with all his heart.
We sang the hymn with all our hearts.

take something to heart

to consider what someone says to you very seriously, often because it upsets you:
Anne took his criticisms very much to heart.
We took Stephen's warnings to heart.

somebody's heart goes out to somebody

used to say that someone feels a lot of sympathy towards another person:
My heart goes out to the families of the victims.

card games

a) [countable]DGC a heart shape printed in red on a playing card


[plural]DGC the suit (=set) of playing cards that have these shapes on them:
the ace of hearts
c) [countable]DGC one of the cards in this set:
Have you got any hearts?

do something to your heart's content

to do something as much as you want:
She had lazed around the pool to her heart's content.
The dog can run to its heart's content out there.

somebody's heart misses/skips a beat

used to say that someone suddenly feels a moment of fear or excitement:
His heart missed a beat as he saw the body of a small child at the water's edge.

set your heart on something

to want something very much:
His father bought him the bike he had set his heart on.
She had set her heart on becoming a hairdresser.

a man/woman etc after my own heart

someone who likes the same things or behaves in the same way that you do:
Geoff really is a man after my own heart.

cry/sing etc your heart out

if you cry, sing etc your heart out, you do it with all your energy or emotion:
He found me crying my heart out and was so kind.

➔ eat your heart out

at eat (4)

; ➔ pour your heart out

at pour

your heart's desire/everything your heart could desire

the one thing you want most, or everything that you could possibly want:
To have a baby was her heart's desire.

not have the heart to do something

to be unable to do something because it will make someone unhappy:
I didn't have the heart to tell her that her beautiful vase was broken.

somebody's heart isn't in it

used to say that someone does not really want to do something:
She's getting bored with the job and her heart's not in it.

do something out of the goodness of your heart

to do something out of kindness, not because you have been asked or expect a reward:
All these people were helping us out of the goodness of their hearts.

take somebody to your heart

if people take someone to their hearts, they like them very much:
The fans have taken Hudson to their hearts.


[countable]HBPDF the firm middle part of some vegetables:
artichoke hearts

give/lose your heart to somebody

to start to love someone very much

my heart was in my mouth

used to say that you suddenly felt very afraid

somebody's heart is in the right place

informal used to say that someone is really a kind person and has the right feelings about something important:
I don't think his idea will work, though his heart's in the right place.

it does your heart good to see/hear something

used to say that something makes you feel happy

somebody's heart leaps

literary used to say that someone suddenly feels happy and full of hope:
'I couldn't live without you,' he said and Jane's heart leapt.

be in good heart

formal to feel happy and confident:
The team are in good heart and ready for the season's matches.

have a heart!

used to tell someone not to be too strict or unkind - used humorously

know the way to somebody's heart

to know the way to please someone - used humorously

my heart bleeds (for somebody)

used to say that you do not really feel any sympathy towards someone

➔ a broken heart

at broken2 (9)

➔ cross my heart

at cross1 (11)

➔ have a change of heart

at change2 (1)

➔ sick at heart

at sick1 (9)

➔ strike at the heart of something

at strike1 (7)

➔ wear your heart on your sleeve

at wear1 (8)

➔ win somebody's heart

at win1 (3)

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