heart Definition

  • 1a muscular organ in the chest that pumps blood through the body
  • 2the central or innermost part of something
  • 3the seat of a person's thoughts and emotions, especially love or compassion

Using heart: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "heart" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The heart is responsible for circulating blood throughout the body.

  • Example

    The heart of the matter is that we need to increase revenue.

  • Example

    She wears her heart on her sleeve, always expressing her emotions openly.

  • Example

    He has a kind heart and is always willing to help others.

heart Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using heart

  • to change one's mind or opinion about something


    He initially opposed the idea, but had a change of heart after hearing more about it.

  • to become discouraged or disheartened


    After several rejections, she began to lose heart and considered giving up on her dream.

  • set one's heart on

    to strongly desire or want something


    She had set her heart on studying abroad, and worked hard to make it happen.

Phrases with heart

  • heart and soul

    with complete commitment and enthusiasm


    She put her heart and soul into the project, working long hours to ensure its success.

  • one's deepest and truest feelings


    In his heart of hearts, he knew that he was making the right decision.

  • to be encouraged or reassured


    We can take heart in the fact that we have made progress, even if it's not as much as we hoped.

Origins of heart

from Old English 'heorte', related to Dutch 'hart' and German 'Herz'


Summary: heart in Brief

The term 'heart' [hɑːrt] refers to the muscular organ that pumps blood through the body, as well as the central or innermost part of something. It also denotes the seat of a person's thoughts and emotions, especially love or compassion, as in 'She wears her heart on her sleeve.' Phrases like 'heart and soul' and idioms like 'have a change of heart' further illustrate the concept of deep commitment and emotional change.

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