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heart

noun  us   /hɑrt/

heart noun (ORGAN)

[C] the organ inside the chest that sends the blood around the body: heart disease The paramedics took his pulse to see if his heart was still beating.

heart noun (EMOTIONS)

[C/U] the center of a person’s emotions, or the general character of someone: [C] He has a good/kind heart (= is a kind and generous person). [C] Our hearts were broken (= We were very sad) at the news of the accident. [C] Homelessness is a subject close/near to her heart (= is important to her and is a subject she feels strongly about). [U] In his heart (= According to his true feelings), he knew she was right. She can be abrupt with people at times, but at heart (= basically) she’s a good person.

heart noun (CENTER)

[C/U] the central or most important part: [C usually sing] Protestors marched through the heart of the city. [C/U] The heart of a vegetable, esp. a leafy one, is its firm, central part: [C] artichoke hearts

heart noun (SHAPE)

[C] a shape used to represent the heart, esp. as a symbol of love
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