Learner's definition of HEART
1 [count] : the organ in your chest that pumps blood through your veins and arteries— often used before another noun
He suffers from a heart condition.
a heart murmur
Aerobic exercise increases your heart rate. [=pulse]
2 [count] : the front part of your chest 3 a [count] : the heart thought of as the place where emotions are felt
b : a kind or generous feeling for other people
You shouldn't let your heart rule your head. [=you should be guided by reason and not by your emotions]
When she heard the news, her heart filled with joy/sorrow.
You're a man after my own heart. [=we have similar likes and dislikes]
He offered to help us out of the goodness of his heart. [=because he is a good person and not because he wanted to get anything for himself]
He wears his heart on his sleeve. [=he shows his emotions very openly]
She's not too smart, but at least her heart is in the right place. [=she is a kind person who is trying to do good things]
I just didn't have the heart to tell her that I didn't like her singing. [=I couldn't tell her because I knew that she would be hurt by what I said]
The idea struck fear into their hearts. [=made them very afraid]
I decided to follow my heart [=to do what I truly wanted to do] and take up acting.
My heart goes out to [=I feel very sorry for] the families of the victims.
Her heart's desire [=greatest wish] was to become a movie star.
She just couldn't find it in her heart to forgive them.
I felt in my heart that our relationship was never meant to be.
I think she knows in her heart that they're right. = I think she knows it in her heart of hearts. [=she knows it even though she does not want to admit it]
They said they'd try to fix the problem, but I could see that their hearts (just) weren't in it. [=they did not really feel much interest or enthusiasm about doing it]
a ruler without a heart
He has a kind heart. [=he treats people kindly]
He has a cold/hard heart. [=he treats people in a harsh or unfriendly way]
She has a big heart. = She is all heart. = She has a heart of gold. [=she is a very kind person]
She has a heart of stone. [=she does not care at all about the feelings of other people]
Have a heart! Can't you see he needs help?
4 [noncount] : feelings of love or affection 5 [noncount] : emotional strength that allows you to continue in a difficult situation 6 a the heart : the central or most important part of something
b [count] : the central part of some vegetables
deep in the heart of the forest
Their offices are in the heart of the city.
Let's get right to the heart of the matter.
7 [count] : a shape that looks like a simple drawing of a heart and that is used as a symbol of love and affection 8 a [count] : a playing card that is marked with a red heart b hearts [plural] : the suit in a deck of playing cards that consists of cards marked by hearts
absence makes the heart grow fonder
1 : at the most basic level
I'm really a romantic at heart.
She's 81 years old, but she's still young at heart. [=she behaves and thinks like a much younger person]
break someone's heart
: to cause someone to feel great sorrow or sadness
He broke her heart when he left her for another woman.
Her boyfriend left her with a broken heart.
It breaks my heart to think of how those children have suffered.
close/dear/near to your heart
: very personally and emotionally important to you
do your heart good
: to make you feel very happy
from the bottom of your heartorfrom the/your heart
: in a very sincere way
He thanked us from the bottom of his heart.
When I said you were my best friend, I meant it from the bottom of my heart.
His speech at the memorial service was straight from the heart.
have your heart set on (something)orset your heart on (something)
◊ When you have your heart set on something or when you set your heart on something, you want it very much.
heart in your mouthinformal
◊ If your heart is in your mouth, you are very excited or nervous about something.
heart skips a beatinformal
◊ When you say that your heart skipped a beat or that something made your heart skip a beat, it means that you suddenly became very surprised, excited, or nervous about something.
When I learned I was on live television, my heart skipped a beat.
The news was enough to make his heart skip a beat.
: to begin to feel that you cannot do something that you have been trying to do: to become discouraged
lose your heart
: to fall in love with someone— usually + to
open your heart
1 : to talk in a very open and honest way about your feelings 2 : to begin to be generous and kind
sing/dance/play (etc.) your heart out
: to sing/dance/play (etc.) with great energy or effort
: to begin to feel better and more hopeful: to stop feeling sad or discouraged
take (something) to heart
: to be deeply affected or hurt by something
to your heart's content
: until you feel satisfied: as long or as much as you want
warm the cockles of your heart
with all your heart
: in a very sincere and deeply felt way
your heart bleeds for
◊ If your heart bleeds for someone, you feel great sadness or pity for that person.
your heart leaps
◊ When your heart leaps, you become very happy or joyful about something.
your heart melts
◊ When your heart melts, you begin to feel love, affection, or sympathy for someone or something.
When he saw the puppies, his heart melted.
It would have melted your heart to see her lying in that hospital bed.
A warm smile melts the heart.
your heart sinks
◊ When your heart sinks, you become sad or disappointed about something.