heartheart1 /hɑːt $ hɑːrt/ ●●●S1W1 noun1body organ [countable]HBBODY the organ in your chest which pumpsblood through your bodyRegular 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.2emotions/love [countable]EMOTIONAL the part of you that feels strong emotions and feelingsHis 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.3your chest [countable usually singular]BODY the part of your chest near your heartHe put his hand on his heart.4CFshape [countable] a shape used to represent a heart5 →from the (bottom of your) heart6 →in your heart (of hearts)7important part of somethingMAIN [singular] the most important or central part of a problem, question etcthe heart of somethingdifficult issues at the heart of science policyWe must get to the heart of the problem.8encouragement [uncountable]confidence and courageThis 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.9 →at heart10the centre of an area [countable]MIDDLE the middle part of an area furthest from the edgein the heart of somethinga house in the heart of Londonat the heart of somethingan old house at the heart of an ancient forest11 →close/dear to somebody’s heart12 →the hearts and minds of somebody13 →by heart14 →somebody’s heart sinks15 →with all your heart16 →take something to heart17 →somebody’s heart goes out to somebody18card gamesa)[countable]DGC a heart shape printed in red on a playing cardb)hearts [plural]DGC the suit (=set) of playing cards that have these shapes on themthe ace of heartsc)[countable]DGC one of the cards in this setHave you got any hearts?19 →do something to your heart’s content20 →somebody’s heart misses/skips a beat21 →set your heart on something22 →a man/woman etc after my own heart23 →cry/sing etc your heart out24 →your heart’s desire/everything your heart could desire25 →not have the heart to do something26 →somebody’s heart isn’t in it27 →do something out of the goodness of your heart28 →take somebody to your heart29vegetable [countable]HBPDF the firm middle part of some vegetablesartichoke hearts30 →give/lose your heart to somebody31 →my heart was in my mouth32 →somebody’s heart is in the right place33 →it does your heart good to see/hear something34 →somebody’s heart leaps35 →be in good heart36 →have a heart!37 →know the way to somebody’s heart38 →my heart bleeds (for somebody) → a broken heartat broken2(9), → cross my heartat cross1(11), → have a change of heartat change2(1), → sick at heartat sick1(9), → strike at the heart of somethingat strike1(7), → wear your heart on your sleeveat wear1(8), → win somebody’s heartat win1(3)COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: the organ in your chest which pumps blood through your bodyverbssomebody’s heart beatsHer heart was beating fast.somebody’s heart pounds/thuds/thumps (=it beats very strongly)He reached the top, his heart pounding.somebody’s heart races (=it beats very fast)Was there someone in the alley? Joe’s heart began to race.heart + NOUNheart trouble/problemsYou should not take this medication if you have heart problems.heart diseaseSmoking increases the risk of heart disease.a heart condition (=something wrong with your heart)The baby was born with a heart condition.somebody’s heart rate (=the number of times someone’s heart beats per minute)Your heart rate increases as you exercise.adjectiveshealthyEating oily fish can help maintain a healthy heart.a bad/weak heart (=an unhealthy heart)The effort proved too much for her weak heart.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: the part of you that feels strong emotions and feelingsadjectivesa good/kind heart (=a kind character)My father had a good heart.a big heart (=a kind and generous character)She may be only small, but she has a big heart.a soft heart (=a kind and sympathetic character)Julia’s soft heart had been touched by Minnie’s grief.a cold/hard heart (=used about someone who does not feel sympathy for other people)It takes a hard heart not to be moved by these images of suffering.a heavy heart (=feeling very sad)She made her way to the hospital with a heavy heart.a light heart (=feeling happy)Paul left for home with a light heart.a broken heart (=feeling very sad because of a problem in love)I wonder how many broken hearts Carlo was responsible for.verbsbreak somebody’s heart (=make someone feel very sad)It broke my heart to see him so sick.follow your heart (= do what your emotions want you to do)Go for it. Follow your heart. Who cares what everyone else thinks?somebody’s heart aches (=to feel very sad)It made his heart ache to look at herphrasesheart and soul (=all your feelings)She loved Peter with all her heart and soul.affairs of the heart (=matters relating to love)I had little experience of affairs of the heart.somebody’s heart rules their head (=someone makes decisions based on emotions rather than careful thought)He has never been one to let his heart rule his head.a heart of gold (=a very kind character)She was rather brisk in manner but with a heart of gold.a heart of stone (=a very cruel character)You’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel sorry for them.be in good heart (=to be happy and confident)The team was in good heart, despite their loss this weekend.be sick at heart (=to feel very unhappy)He was too sick at heart to know what to say.