- heartW1S1 [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)¦2¦(emotions/love)¦3¦(your chest)¦4¦(shape)¦5 from the (bottom of your) heart6 in your heart (of hearts)7¦(important part of something)¦8¦(encouragement)¦9 at heart10¦(the centre of an area)¦11 close/dear to somebody's heart12 by heart13 somebody's heart sinks14 with all your heart15 take something to heart16 somebody's heart goes out to somebody17¦(card games)¦18 do something to your heart's content19 somebody's heart misses/skips a beat20 set your heart on something21 a man/woman etc after my own heart22 cry/sing etc your heart out23 your heart's desire/everything your heart could desire24 not have the heart to do something25 somebody's heart isn't in it26 do something out of the goodness of your heart27 take somebody to your heart28¦(vegetable)¦29 give/lose your heart to somebody30 my heart was in my mouth31 somebody's heart is in the right place32 it does your heart good to see/hear something33 somebody's heart leaps34 be in good heart35 have a heart!36 know the way to somebody's heart37 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.2.) ¦(EMOTIONS/LOVE)¦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 heart5.) from the (bottom of your) heartwith 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.7.) ¦(IMPORTANT PART OF SOMETHING)¦ [singular]the most important or central part of a problem, question etcthe heart of sth▪ difficult issues at the heart of science policy▪ We must get to the heart of the problem.8.) ¦(ENCOURAGEMENT)¦[U]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 heartif 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 at ↑interest1 (5)→young at heart at ↑young1 (5)10.)¦(THE CENTRE OF AN AREA)¦the middle part of an area furthest from the edgein 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 forest11.) close/dear to sb's heartvery 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 heartwhen 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 sinksused 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 heartwith 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 heartto 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 sbused 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)a heart shape printed in red on a playing cardb) hearts [plural]the ↑suit (=set) of playing cards that have these shapes on them▪ the ace of heartsc)one of the cards in this set▪ Have you got any hearts?18.) do sth to your heart's contentto 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 beatused 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 sthto 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 heartsomeone 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 outif 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.23.) your heart's desire/everything your heart could desirethe 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 sthto 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 itused 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 heartto 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 heartif 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 hearts29.) give/lose your heart to sbto start to love someone very much30.)my heart was in my mouthused to say that you suddenly felt very afraid31.) sb's heart is in the right place informalused 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 sthused to say that something makes you feel happy33.) sb's heart leapsliterary 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 heartformal 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 humorously36.) know the way to sb's heartto know the way to please someone - used humorously37.) my heart bleeds (for sb)used to say that you do not really feel any sympathy towards someone→a broken heart at ↑broken2 (9)→cross my heart at ↑cross1 (11)→have a change of heart at ↑change2 (1)→sick at heart at ↑sick1 (9)→strike at the heart of sth at ↑strike1 (7)→wear your heart on your sleeve at ↑wear1 (8)→win sb's heart at ↑win1 (3)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1somebody's heart beatssomebody'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/problemsa 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.