heart - definition and synonyms


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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
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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. 7
    [countable] a playing card with a red heart shape on it
    1. a.


      [plural] the suit of playing cards that have red heart shapes on them. The other suits are diamonds, clubs, and spades

      the six of hearts

  7.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    change heart to change one's opinion

    In the beginning she was going to marry George, but later on she changed heart.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 15/01/2017