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noun heart pronunciation in British English /hɑː(r)t/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the organ in your chest that makes blood flow around your body
    I could hear his heart beating.
    have a weak/bad heart: Did you know he had a weak heart?
  2. 2
    [countable] the area of your chest where your heart is
    She held the child close to her heart.
  3. 3
    [countable] your feelings and emotions considered as part of your character
    My advice would be to follow your heart.
    have a kind/good/big heart (=be a kind/good/generous person): Ted may not be rich but he’s got a good heart.
  4. 4
    [singular] the central part of something, that is furthest from the outside
    heart of: They live in the heart of the city’s medieval quarter.
    a beautiful house deep in the heart of the English countryside
    1. a.
      [countable] the inner, central part of something such as a vegetable
      artichoke hearts
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  5. 5
    [singular] the most important or basic part of something
    go/get to the heart of something (=relate to its most important part): These questions go to the heart of the current debate.
    be at the heart of something: Cost-cutting is at the heart of their development plan.
  6. 6
    [countable] a shape that represents love
    a shirt decorated with little hearts



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