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heart

noun uk   /hɑːt/ us    /hɑːrt/

heart noun (ORGAN)

A2 [C] the organ in your chest that sends the blood around your body: He's got a weak/bad heart (= his heart is not healthy). Isabel's heart was beating fast with fright.
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heart noun (EMOTIONS)

B1 [C or U] used to refer to a person's character, or the place within a person where feelings or emotions are considered to come from: She has a good heart (= she is a kind person). I love you, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart (= very sincerely). I love you with all my heart (= very much). He said he'd never marry but he had a change of heart (= his feelings changed) when he met her. Homelessness is a subject very close/dear to her heart (= is very important to her and she has strong feelings about it). He broke her heart (= made her very sad) when he left her for another woman. It breaks my heart (= makes me feel very sad) to see him so unhappy. They say he died of a broken heart (= because he was so sad). old-fashioned It does my heart good (= makes me very happy) to see those children so happy. His heart leaped (= he suddenly felt very excited and happy) when the phone rang.
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heart noun (CENTRAL PART)

B1 [S] the central or most important part: The demonstrators will march through the heart of the capital. A disagreement about boundaries is at the heart of the dispute. Let's get to the heart of the matter. [C] the firm central part of a vegetable, especially one with a lot of leaves: artichoke hearts the heart of a lettuce
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heart noun (COURAGE)

C2 [U] courage or determination or hope: You're doing really well - don't lose heart now. Take heart - things can only get better.

heart noun (SHAPE)

B2 [C] a shape, consisting of two half circles next to each other at the top and a V shape at the bottom, often coloured pink or red and used to represent love

heart noun (CARDS)

hearts [plural or U] one of the four suits in playing cards, which has one or more red heart shapes: the seven/ace of hearts [C] a playing card from the suit of hearts: In this game, a heart beats a club.

heart

verb [T] uk   /hɑːt/ us    /hɑːrt/
informal mainly humorous used to say that you like someone or something very much: I heart New York.
(Definition of heart from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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