Definition of close or dear to or near one's heart in English:
Of deep interest and concern to one.
- Yet in all his pursuits, he kept the people's interest close to his heart and raised voice in the legislature as well as outside.
- He took a keen interest in current affairs and never shirked a challenge when it came to debating things of political interest that were close to his heart.
- I do not know when and why a particular place becomes dear to one's heart.
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