heart ( hearts plural )
1 n-count Your heart is the organ in your chest that pumps the blood around your body. People also use heart to refer to the area of their chest that is closest to their heart.
The bullet had passed less than an inch from Andrea's heart...
2 n-count You can refer to someone's heart when you are talking about their deep feelings and beliefs.
LITERARY usu with poss
Alik's words filled her heart with pride...
3 n-var You use heart when you are talking about someone's character and attitude towards other people, especially when they are kind and generous.
usu adj N in sing (approval)
She loved his brilliance and his generous heart...
4 n-sing Theheart of something is the most central and important part of it.
N of n
The heart of the problem is supply and demand...
5 n-sing Theheartof a place is its centre.
usu N of n
...a busy dentists' practice in the heart of London's West End.
6 n-count A heart is a shape that is used as a symbol of love: <heart>.
7 n-uncount-coll Hearts is one of the four suits in a pack of playing cards. Each card in the suit is marked with one or more red symbols in the shape of a heart.
A heart is a playing card of this suit., n-count
8 If you feel or believe something with all your heart, you feel or believe it very strongly.
with all one's heart phrase PHR after v, PHR with cl (emphasis)
My own family I loved with all my heart.
9 If you say that someone is a particular kind of person at heart, you mean that that is what they are really like, even though they may seem very different.
at heart phrase PHR with cl
He was a very gentle boy at heart.
10 If you say that someone has your interests or your welfare at heart, you mean that they are concerned about you and that is why they are doing something.
at heart phrase usu have n PHR
11 If someone breaks your heart, they make you very sad and unhappy, usually because they end a love affair or close relationship with you.
break sb's heart phrase V and N inflect
12 If something breaks your heart, it makes you feel very sad and depressed, especially because people are suffering but you can do nothing to help them.
break sb's heart phrase V and N inflect, oft PHR to-inf
It really breaks my heart to see them this way.
13 If you say that someone has a broken heart, you mean that they are very sad, for example because a love affair has ended unhappily.
broken heart phrase N inflects
She never recovered from her broken heart.
14 If you know something such as a poem by heart, you have learned it so well that you can remember it without having to read it.
by heart phrase PHR after v
Mack knew this passage by heart.
15 If someone has a change of heart, their attitude towards something changes.
change of heart phrase change inflects
Several brokers have had a change of heart about prospects for the company...
16 If something such as a subject or project is close to your heart or near to your heart, it is very important to you and you are very interested in it and concerned about it.
close to one's heart/near to one's heart phrase N inflects, oft v-link PHR
Animal welfare is a subject very close to my heart.
17 If you can do something to your heart's content, you can do it as much as you want.
to one's heart's content phrase PHR after v
I was delighted to be able to eat my favorite dishes to my heart's content.
18 You can say `cross my heart' when you want someone to believe that you are telling the truth. You can also ask `cross your heart?', when you are asking someone if they are really telling the truth.
cross one's heart convention
And I won't tell any of the other girls anything you tell me about it. I promise, cross my heart.
19 If you say something from the heart or from the bottom of your heart, you sincerely mean what you say.
from the heart/from the bottom of one's heart phrase PHR after v
He spoke with confidence, from the heart...
20 If something gives you heart, it makes you feel more confident or happy about something.
give sb heart phrase V inflects
It gave me heart to see one thug get what he deserves.
21 If you want to do something but do not have the heartto do it, you do not do it because you know it will make someone unhappy or disappointed.
not have the heart phrase V inflects, usu PHR to-inf
We knew all along but didn't have the heart to tell her.
22 If you believe or know something in your heart of hearts, that is what you really believe or think, even though it may sometimes seem that you do not.
in your heart of hearts phrase PHR after v, PHR with cl
I know in my heart of hearts that I am the right man for that mission.
23 If your heart isn't in the thing you are doing, you have very little enthusiasm for it, usually because you are depressed or are thinking about something else.
your heart is not in sth phrase V and N inflect, PHR n/-ing
I tried to learn some lines but my heart wasn't really in it.
24 If you lose heart, you become sad and depressed and are no longer interested in something, especially because it is not progressing as you would like.
lose heart phrase V inflects
He appealed to his countrymen not to lose heart.
25 If your heart is in your mouth, you feel very excited, worried, or frightened.
heart is in your mouth phrase V and Ns inflect
My heart was in my mouth when I walked into her office.
26 If you open your heart or pour out your heart to someone, you tell them your most private thoughts and feelings.
open one's heart to sb phrase V and N inflect, usu PHR to n
She opened her heart to millions yesterday and told how she came close to suicide.
27 If you say that someone's heart is in the right place, you mean that they are kind, considerate, and generous, although you may disapprove of other aspects of their character.
heart is in the right place phrase heart and V inflect
He is a bit of a tearaway but his heart is in the right place.
28 If you have set your heart on something, you want it very much or want to do it very much.
set one's heart on sth phrase V and N inflect, PHR n/-ing
He had always set his heart on a career in the fine arts.
29 If you wear your heart on your sleeve, you openly show your feelings or emotions rather than keeping them hidden.
wear one's heart on one's sleeve phrase V and N inflect
30 If you put your heart and soulinto something, you do it with a great deal of enthusiasm and energy.
heart and soul phrase
31 If you take heartfrom something, you are encouraged and made to feel optimistic by it.
take heart phrase V inflects, oft PHR from n
32 If you take something to heart, for example someone's behaviour, you are deeply affected and upset by it.
take sth to heart phrase V inflects If someone says something critical I take it to heart.
bleeding heart ( bleeding hearts plural ) , bleeding-heart If you describe someone as a bleeding heart, you are criticizing them for being sympathetic towards people who are poor and suffering, without doing anything practical to help. n-count oft N n (disapproval)
I'm not a bleeding heart liberal.
heart attack ( heart attacks plural ) If someone has a heart attack, their heart begins to beat very irregularly or stops completely. n-count
He died of a heart attack brought on by overwork.
Heart failure is a serious medical condition in which someone's heart does not work as well as it should, sometimes stopping completely so that they die. n-uncount
heart-rending , heartrending
You use heart-rending to describe something that causes you to feel great sadness and pity. adj usu ADJ n
...heart-rending pictures of refugees...
heart-throb ( heart-throbs plural ) If you describe a man as a heart-throb, you mean that he is physically very attractive, so that a lot of women fall in love with him. n-count
heart-to-heart ( heart-to-hearts plural ) A heart-to-heart is a conversation between two people, especially close friends, in which they talk freely about their feelings or personal problems. n-count oft N n
I've had a heart-to-heart with him...
Something that is heart-warming causes you to feel happy, usually because something nice has happened to people. adj
...the heart-warming story of enemies who discover a shared humanity.
Purple Heart ( Purple Hearts plural ) The Purple Heart is a medal that is given to members of the US Armed Forces who have been wounded during battle. n-count