W1S1 [ha:t US ha:rt] n
artery, ↑brain, ↑fatty, ↑tissue, ↑heart, ↑kidney, ↑intestine, ↑intestine2, ↑small, ↑large, ↑liver, ↑lung, ↑muscles, ↑stomach, ↑vein, ↑throat
1¦(body organ)¦
3¦(your chest)¦
5 from the (bottom of your) heart
6 in your heart (of hearts)
7¦(important part of something)¦
9 at heart
10¦(the centre of an area)¦
11 close/dear to somebody's heart
12 by heart
13 somebody's heart sinks
14 with all your heart
15 take something to heart
16 somebody's heart goes out to somebody
17¦(card games)¦
18 do something to your heart's content
19 somebody's heart misses/skips a beat
20 set your heart on something
21 a man/woman etc after my own heart
22 cry/sing etc your heart out
23 your heart's desire/everything your heart could desire
24 not have the heart to do something
25 somebody's heart isn't in it
26 do something out of the goodness of your heart
27 take somebody to your heart
29 give/lose your heart to somebody
30 my heart was in my mouth
31 somebody's heart is in the right place
32 it does your heart good to see/hear something
33 somebody's heart leaps
34 be in good heart
35 have a heart!
36 know the way to somebody's heart
37 my heart bleeds (for somebody)
[: Old English; Origin: heorte]
1.) ¦(BODY ORGAN)¦
the organ in your chest which pumps blood through your body
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.
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.
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.
3.) ¦(YOUR CHEST)¦ [C usually singular]
the part of your chest near your heart
He put his hand on his heart.
4.) ¦(SHAPE)¦
a shape used to represent a heart
5.) 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 .
6.) 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.
the most important or central part of a problem, question etc
the heart of sth
difficult issues at the heart of science policy
We must get to the heart of the problem.
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.
9.) 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 sb's (best) interests at heart atinterest1 (5)
young at heart atyoung1 (5)
the middle part of an area furthest from the edge
in the heart of sth
You're lucky to live in a house like this in the heart of London.
at the heart of sth
an old house at the heart of an ancient forest
11.) close/dear to sb'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.
12.) 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.
13.) sb'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.
14.) 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.
15.) take sth 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.
16.) sb's heart goes out to sb
used to say that someone feels a lot of sympathy towards another person
My heart goes out to the families of the victims.
17.) ¦(CARD GAMES)¦
a heart shape printed in red on a playing card
b) hearts [plural]
the ↑suit (=set) of playing cards that have these shapes on them
the ace of hearts
one of the cards in this set
Have you got any hearts?
18.) do sth 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.
19.) sb'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.
20.) set your heart on sth
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.
21.) 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.
22.) 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 ateat, pour your heart out atpour
23.) 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.
24.) not have the heart to do sth
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.
25.) sb'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.
26.) do sth 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.
27.) take sb to your heart
if people take someone to their hearts, they like them very much
The fans have taken Hudson to their hearts.
28.) ¦(VEGETABLE)¦
the firm middle part of some vegetables
artichoke hearts
29.) give/lose your heart to sb
to start to love someone very much
30.)my heart was in my mouth
used to say that you suddenly felt very afraid
31.) sb'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.
32.) it does your heart good to see/hear sth
used to say that something makes you feel happy
33.) sb'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.
34.) be in good heart
formal to feel happy and confident
The team are in good heart and ready for the season's matches.
35.) have a heart!
used to tell someone not to be too strict or unkind - used humorously
36.) know the way to sb's heart
to know the way to please someone - used humorously
37.) my heart bleeds (for sb)
used to say that you do not really feel any sympathy towards someone
a broken heart atbroken2 (9)
cross my heart atcross1 (11)
have a change of heart atchange2 (1)
sick at heart atsick1 (9)
strike at the heart of sth atstrike1 (7)
wear your heart on your sleeve atwear1 (8)
win sb's heart atwin1 (3)
COLLOCATES for sense 1
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)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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