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"heart" in British English

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heartnoun

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, determination, or hope: You're doing really well - don't lose heart now. Take heart - things can only get better.

heartverb [T]

uk   /hɑːt/  us   /hɑːrt/
(Definition of heart from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heart" in American English

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heartnoun

 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
(Definition of heart from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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