Definition of heartland in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːtland


(also heartlands)
  • 1The central or most important part of a country, area, or field of activity: wildlife sites in the heartland of Russia
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    • The 2003 challenge in areas ranging from urban heartlands to rural outposts attracted record entries of almost 100.
    • Carty's work had taken him to many homes throughout the rural heartlands of the electoral area over many years.
    • Africans tended to retain reserves in the heartlands of their old, conquered chiefdoms - the areas most suitable for their systems of agricultural and pastoral production.
  • 1.1The centre of support for a belief or movement: the heartland of the rebel cause
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    • The Liberal Democrats are to make a dramatic move to seize support in Labour's heartlands by proposing that all charges for NHS care be scrapped.
    • This is an area that includes Tory heartlands and very rundown areas.
    • Party insiders admit the party will struggle to hold on to its heartlands in areas like Birmingham and Tyneside.

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