Heart meaning

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(slang) To have great liking or affection for.

I heart chocolate chip cookies!

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A person esteemed or admired as lovable, loyal, or courageous.

A dear heart.

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The most important or essential part.

Get to the heart of the matter.

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A conventional two-lobed representation of the heart, usually colored red or pink.
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The area that is the approximate location of the heart in the body; the breast.
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A person esteemed or admired as lovable, loyal, or courageous.

A dear heart.

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A conventional two-lobed representation of the heart, usually colored red or pink.
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(archaic) To encourage; hearten.
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The chambered muscular organ in vertebrates that pumps blood received from the veins into the arteries, thereby maintaining the flow of blood through the entire circulatory system. In humans it has four chambers.
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The area that is the approximate location of the heart in the body; the breast.
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The most important or essential part.

Get to the heart of the matter.

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(slang) To have great liking or affection for.

I heart chocolate chip cookies!

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Any place or part like a heart, in that it is near the center.
  • The central core of a plant or vegetable.
    hearts of celery.
  • The center or innermost part of a place or region.
    The heart of a city.
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The central, vital, or main part; real meaning; essence; core.
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The hollow, muscular organ that pumps blood through the body of a vertebrate animal by contracting and relaxing. In humans and other mammals, it has four chambers, consisting of two atria and two ventricles. The right side of the heart collects blood with low oxygen levels from the veins and pumps it to the lungs. The left side receives blood with high oxygen levels from the lungs and pumps it into the aorta, which carries it to the arteries of the body. The heart in other vertebrates functions similarly but often has fewer chambers.
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A similar but simpler organ in invertebrate animals.
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The definition of heart is the organ that controls the flow of blood in the body, or the center of human emotion.

An example of heart is the organ found in the chest cavity of humans.

An example of heart is what you listen to when you make a decision based out of love.

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To heart something is defined as to love it.

An example of to heart is to care about a person named John and say “I heart John.”

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(archaic) To encourage; hearten.
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The part of the human body thought of as containing the heart; breast; bosom.
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The human heart considered as the center or source of emotions, personality attributes, etc.
  • Inmost thought and feeling; consciousness or conscience.
    To know in one's heart.
  • The source of emotions.
  • One's emotional nature; disposition.
    To have a kind heart.
  • Any of various humane feelings; love, devotion, sympathy, etc.
  • Mood; feeling.
    To have a heavy heart.
  • Spirit, resolution, or courage.
    To lose heart.
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A person, usually one loved or admired in some specified way.

He is a valiant heart.

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Something like a heart in shape; conventionalized design or representation of a heart, shaped like this: ♡
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(obs.) To hearten, or encourage.
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A similarly functioning structure in invertebrates.
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(anatomy) A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body, traditionally thought to be the seat of emotion.
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(uncountable) Emotions, kindness, moral effort, or spirit in general.

The team lost, but they showed a lot of heart.

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The seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, etc.; rarely, the seat of the understanding or will; usually in a good sense.

A good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish heart.

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Courage; courageous purpose; spirit.
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Vigorous and efficient activity; power of fertile production; condition of the soil, whether good or bad.
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A conventional shape or symbol used to represent the heart, love, or emotion: ♥ or sometimes <3.
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A playing card of the suit hearts featuring one or more heart-shaped symbols.
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The centre, essence, or core.

The wood at the heart of a tree is the oldest.

Buddhists believe that suffering is right at the heart of all life.

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(poetic or humorous) To be fond of. Often bracketed or abbreviated with a heart symbol.
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(masonry) To fill an interior with rubble, as a wall or a breakwater.
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(intransitive, agriculture, botany) To form a dense cluster of leaves, a heart, especially of lettuce or cabbage.
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at heart
  • In one's deepest feelings; fundamentally.
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by heart
  • Learned by rote; memorized word for word.
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do (one's) heart good
  • To lift one's spirits; make one happy.
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from the bottom
  • With the deepest appreciation; most sincerely.
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have (one's) heart in (one's) mouth
  • To be extremely frightened or anxious.
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have (one's) heart in the right place
  • To be well-intentioned.
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heart and soul
  • Completely; entirely.
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in (one's) heart of hearts
  • In the seat of one's truest feelings.
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lose (one's) heart to
  • To fall in love with.
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near
  • Loved by or important to one.
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steal (someone's) heart
  • To win one's affection or love.
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take to heart
  • To take seriously and be affected or troubled by:
    Don't take my criticism to heart.
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to (one's) heart's content
  • To one's entire satisfaction, without limitation.
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wear (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve
  • To show one's feelings clearly and openly by one's behavior.
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with all (one's) heart
  • With great willingness or pleasure.
  • With the deepest feeling or devotion.
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with half a heart
  • In a halfhearted manner.
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at heart
  • In one's deepest feelings; fundamentally.
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by heart
  • Learned by rote; memorized word for word.
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do (one's) heart good
  • To lift one's spirits; make one happy.
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from the bottom
  • With the deepest appreciation; most sincerely.
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have (one's) heart in (one's) mouth
  • To be extremely frightened or anxious.
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have (one's) heart in the right place
  • To be well-intentioned.
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heart and soul
  • Completely; entirely.
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in (one's) heart of hearts
  • In the seat of one's truest feelings.
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lose (one's) heart to
  • To fall in love with.
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near
  • Loved by or important to one.
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steal (someone's) heart
  • To win one's affection or love.
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take to heart
  • To take seriously and be affected or troubled by:
    Don't take my criticism to heart.
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to (one's) heart's content
  • To one's entire satisfaction, without limitation.
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wear (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve
  • To show one's feelings clearly and openly by one's behavior.
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with all (one's) heart
  • With great willingness or pleasure.
  • With the deepest feeling or devotion.
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with half a heart
  • In a halfhearted manner.
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after someone's own heart
  • in accord with someone's feelings or tastes
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at heart
  • in one's innermost or hidden nature; secretly or fundamentally
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break someone's heart
  • to cause someone to be overcome with grief or disappointment, often, specif., by rejecting or spurning his or her love or affection
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by heart
  • by or from memorization
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change of heart
  • a change of mind, affections, loyalties, etc.
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do someone's heart good
  • to make someone happy; please or gratify someone
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eat one's heart out
  • to brood or feel keenly unhappy over some frustration or in regret
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from (the bottom of) one's heart
  • very sincerely or deeply
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have a heart
  • to be sensitive, sympathetic, generous, etc.
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have one's heart in one's mouth
  • to be full of fear or nervous anticipation
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have one's heart in the right place
  • to be well-intentioned or well-meaning
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heart and soul
  • with all one's effort, enthusiasm, etc.
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in one's heart of hearts
  • in one's innermost nature or deepest feelings; fundamentally
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lose one's heart (to)
  • to fall in love (with)
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near someone's heart
  • dear or important to someone
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not have the heart
  • to be insufficiently unfeeling or pitiless to do a particular thing
    I do not have the heart to turn him away.
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set someone's heart at rest
  • to cause someone to set aside doubts, fears, or worries
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set one's heart on
  • to have a fixed desire for; long for
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steal someone's heart
  • to cause someone to feel love or affection
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take heart
  • to have more courage or confidence; cheer up
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take to heart
  • to consider seriously
  • to be troubled or grieved by
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to one's heart's content
  • as much as one desires
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wear one's heart on one's sleeve
  • to behave so that one's feelings or affections are plainly evident
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with all one's heart
  • with complete sincerity, devotion, etc.
  • very willingly; with pleasure
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with half a heart
  • halfheartedly
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
heart
Plural:
hearts

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

do (one's) heart good
from the bottom
have (one's) heart in (one's) mouth
in (one's) heart of hearts
lose (one's) heart to
with half a heart
do (one's) heart good
from the bottom
have (one's) heart in (one's) mouth
in (one's) heart of hearts
lose (one's) heart to
with half a heart
after someone's own heart
do someone's heart good
have one's heart in one's mouth
in one's heart of hearts
lose one's heart (to)
near someone's heart
not have the heart
set someone's heart at rest
with half a heart

Origin of heart

  • Middle English hert from Old English heorte kerd- in Indo-European roots V., sense 1, from the use of a heart shape to represent the verb love originally between the letters I and NY in merchandise meant to be read I love New York.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English hert from Old English heorte kerd- in Indo-European roots V., sense 1, from the use of a heart shape to represent the verb love originally between the letters I and NY in merchandise meant to be read I love New York.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English herte, from Old English heorte (“heart”), from Proto-Germanic *hertô (“heart”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr (“heart”). Germanic cognates: see *hertô. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin cor, cordis, Greek καρδιά (kardiá), Welsh craidd, Irish croí, Armenian սիրտ (sirt), Russian сердце (serdce), Lithuanian širdis and Albanian kërthizë (“navel, central spot”).

    From Wiktionary