Definición de heart en inglés:

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Pronunciación: /hɑːt/


1A hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation. In vertebrates there may be up to four chambers (as in humans), with two atria and two ventricles.
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  • It rises to a peak, called the systolic pressure, at the height of the contraction of each heartbeat as the heart pumps blood out.
  • The valve that controls blood flow between the left ventricle of the heart and the aorta.
  • A murmur is the sound of blood being pumped through the heart's chambers and valves.
informal ticker
1.1The region of the chest above the heart: holding hand on heart for the Pledge of Allegiance
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  • Men remove their baseball caps, clamping hands on hearts and swelling their chests with pride.
  • His knife was gleaming just above her heart, his hands poised to make the fatal move.
  • Relatives greet each other with a gentle hug and a kiss on the left shoulder above the heart.
1.2The heart regarded as the centre of a person’s thoughts and emotions, especially love or compassion: hardening his heart, he ignored her entreaties he poured out his heart to me [mass noun]: he has no heart
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  • Well-produced digital media gives us the chance to love God with our hearts and souls as well as our minds.
  • You love to pour your heart and your art into making gifts with a personal punch.
  • Our minds are to be as fully yielded to God and as actively engaged in loving Him as our hearts and souls are.
emotions, feelings, sentiments, soul, mind, bosom, breast;
love, affection, passion;
sympathy, pity, concern, compassion
1.3 [mass noun] One’s mood or feeling: they had a change of heart they found him well and in good heart
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  • We all move into the final phase of the campaign in good heart and cautiously confident of victory.
  • Honey crop is taken once a year preferably, if bees are to be kept in good heart.
  • Wanderers want to forget the Villa disappointment and go into the Fulham game in good heart.
compassion, sympathy, humanity, feeling(s), fellow feeling, concern for others, brotherly love, tender feelings, tenderness, empathy, understanding;
kindness, kindliness, goodwill, benevolence, humanitarianism
1.4 [mass noun] Courage or enthusiasm: they may lose heart as the work mounts up Mary took heart from the encouragement handed out
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  • Abandoning pretty pictures, car chases and clichés is something to be applauded if it means films made with heart and soul.
  • At first Stiles took heart; the film was good, she was proud of everybody's work and knew that some day people would get to see it.
  • I took heart from this Easter post by Rebecca on the resurrection of Jesus.
enthusiasm, keenness, eagerness, spirit, determination, resolution, resolve, purpose, courage, backbone, spine, nerve, stomach, will, will power, fortitude, bravery, stout-heartedness
informal guts, spunk, grit
British informal bottle
vulgar slang balls
wholeheartedly, enthusiastically, eagerly, zealously, unreservedly, absolutely, thoroughly, completely, entirely, fully, totally, utterly, body and soul, to the hilt, with open arms, one hundred per cent, all the way
2The central or innermost part of something: right in the heart of the city
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  • It is a central location in the heart of Saskatoon and it should be pretty easy to get to.
  • The national capital is Mexico City, situated in the heart of central Mexico.
  • In the heart of the vast central square of the place she caught sight of a recognizable object.
centre, central part, middle, hub, core, nucleus, kernel, eye, bosom, navel
2.1The vital part or essence: the heart of the matter
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  • It is not an image which instils much confidence in the future success of the vital relationship at the heart of government.
  • At no stage was there any conversation of substance about the heart of the matter: what is the purpose of criminal justice.
  • Either way, she just doesn't grasp the core principle at the heart of this entire matter.
essence, quintessence, crux, core, nub, root, gist, meat, marrow, pith, substance, sum and substance, essential part, intrinsic nature, kernel, nucleus
informal nitty-gritty
2.2The close compact head of a cabbage or lettuce.
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  • When I reached into the neat row of hearts of Romaine lettuce, I felt a shock shoot up from the tip of my finger, through my arm, right through my shoulder.
  • Others win because they simply save a lot of time: beans, roasted red peppers, roasted green chilies, and artichoke hearts and bottoms.
  • Put in the artichoke hearts chopped roughly and add salt, pepper and sugar.
3A conventional representation of a heart with two equal curves meeting at a point at the bottom and a cusp at the top.
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  • She looked down and noticed that she was wearing her pajamas; a purple t-shirt and a pair of white pajama bottoms with hearts on them.
  • From her ears now hung two earrings with stylized garnet hearts at the bottom of them.
  • The last thing you find is a pair of earrings that have hearts dangling at the bottom.
3.1 (hearts) One of the four suits in a conventional pack of playing cards, denoted by a red heart-shaped figure.
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  • There are four suits (spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs); however, no suit is higher than another.
  • There is no ranking between the suits - so for example the king of hearts and the king of spades are equal.
  • The owner said they were arguing about which way the queen of hearts looks in a pack of cards.
3.2A card of the suit of hearts.
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  • Players must follow suit if possible, and a player with no cards of the suit led must play a heart.
  • Each heart scores one point, and the queen of spades scores 13 points.
  • Then you play the three big hearts and after them, lead both of your trumps.
3.3 (hearts) A card game similar to whist, in which players attempt to avoid taking tricks containing a card of the suit of hearts.
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  • However, instead of passing cards as in normal hearts, each player places three of the cards in his/her hand face down in the center of the table.
  • People have worked out five-suit versions of other card games, including spades, bridge, hearts, and various types of solitaire.
  • Suggestions from players of the game are that you should play the game like hearts, and others say you should play as normal whist, however both ideas have obvious problems.
4 [usually with modifier] The condition of agricultural land as regards fertility: a well-maintained farm in good heart


[with object] informal
Like very much; love: I totally heart this song
From use of the symbol ♥, first popularized by the ‘I ♥ NY’ advertising campaign of the late 1970s
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  • Thanks for all the reviews I heart you guys mucho!
  • She is amazing and I heart her to the nth degree.



after one's own heart

Sharing one’s tastes or views: he looked like a man after my own heart
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  • It was that last detail - the piles of books pushed aside to make room to eat - that sent me in search of all of David's writings; I knew that here was a food writer after my own heart, stomach, and mind.
  • Here are people after my own heart, who love the great GKC and who incarnate his odd funky hilarious and sensible spirit better than anybody I know.
  • A man after my own heart, he still hand-codes his site for each entry, nesting tables within tables and thumbing his nose at structured data.
like-minded, of the same mind, similar to oneself, kindred, compatible, congenial, sharing one's tastes;
to one's liking, of the kind that one likes, attractive to one, desirable, attractive, appealing, pleasing
informal on the same wavelength

at heart

In one’s real nature, in contrast to how one may appear: he’s a good lad at heart
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  • He was a strong and rugged elf who could often appear aggressive, but was truly kind and noble at heart.
  • The truth is, I am a hopeless romantic at heart and nothing will change that.
  • He was a kind and gentle man who remained young at heart to the end.
basically, fundamentally, essentially, at bottom, deep down, in essence, intrinsically, innately;
really, actually, truly, in fact, in truth;
French au fond
informal when you get right down to it

break someone's heart

Overwhelm someone with sadness: it would break her heart to have to leave
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  • But his stories still roar, they still frighten, they still overwhelm, they still break your heart, and they still make you want to grab the person next to you and hold on.
  • And that enough saddened me and broke my heart because I know what those families are going through.
  • Last year, I spent the night being depressed because the ex broke my heart.

by heart

From memory.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • Poems and plays only come fully to life when they are spoken, from the heart, by heart.
  • They know all the answers here by heart and repeat them with all the thought of a parrot.
  • In the light of the furnace flame, one of the men got up and started to recite the biblical passages by heart.
from memory, off pat, by rote, off by heart, word for word, verbatim, parrot-fashion, word-perfect

close (or dear) to (or near) one's heart

Of deep interest and concern to one.
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  • 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.

the dead heart (also the dead centre)

Australian The arid interior of Australia: a journey to the dead heart of the continent
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  • His vision extended further into the Dead heart of the continent.
  • The popular bush journalist criticised those who described much of inland Australia as the dead heart.
  • The outback here seems acute, shrill and incandescent, making him one of the first directors to portray the dead heart as a place full of vibrant life.

the dry heart

The arid uninhabited centre of a country, region, state, etc. the dry heart of California
chiefly Australian /NZ 7.1 Central Australia: the huge, dry heart of this country might be the stuff our Aussie myths are made of, but most of us still stick firmly to the coast
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  • This is a cinema of spatial oppositions, with fragile coastline and the dry heart.
  • Now confined to the dry heart of the desert, the Sonoran pronghorn has declined precipitously in recent years.
  • Imagine an Australia with endless acres of irrigated crops scattered through its dry heart.

from the (bottom of one's) heart

With sincere feeling: their warmth and hospitality is right from the heart
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  • ‘I want to sincerely thank everyone from the bottom of my heart,’ he said.
  • I will therefore offer a simple yet most sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart.
  • And she genuinely, from the bottom of her heart, gave herself.
sincerely, with all one's heart, earnestly, fervently, passionately, truly, truthfully, genuinely, devoutly, heartily, heart and soul, with all sincerity

give (or lose) one's heart to

Fall in love with.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • Our thoughts were turning lightly toward love and we were losing our heart to the boy/girl next door.
  • In between all of that, I met another fantastic man, who, I could have… and in many ways did give my heart to.
  • I'm sure Sandy and I stayed in the pool for a while after, just lying there uncomfortably together - both knowing it was probably the last time. The first girl in my life I ever truly gave my heart to, had torn it out and danced the Madison on it.
fall in love with, fall for, become infatuated with, be smitten by
informal fall head over heels for, be swept off one's feet by, develop a crush on

have a heart

[often in imperative] Be merciful; show pity.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • They've given over a million dollars through our services to the evacuees there and so they have a heart.
  • I have a heart for the underdog, and I will do everything in my power to help them succeed as models.
  • You may not have a heart, but your bank balance can bleed too.
be compassionate, be kind, be merciful, be lenient, be sympathetic, be considerate, take pity, have mercy

have a heart of gold

Have a generous nature.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • Micheál was described by his family this week as having a heart of gold, a boy who displayed a kindness and consideration for others that touched the lives of all those who met him.
  • Now's the chance to show our charities that we have a heart of gold.
  • He may have a heart of gold, but no one appreciates it.

have the heart to do something

[usually with negative] Be insensitive or hard-hearted enough to do something: I don’t have the heart to tell her
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  • No-one has the heart to put him down, which is fair enough.
  • Then, not having the heart to see more, I got on my bike and rode away.
  • This is part of what I mean by no one having the heart to tell him.

have (or put) one's heart in

Be (or become) keenly involved in or committed to (an enterprise): he does not seem to have his heart in the role
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  • It comes from wanting to do something and having your heart in it.
  • When he did try to hype a fight, bad-mouthing an opponent, he never seemed to have his heart in it.
  • An exception would be when he did something like his ‘World of the Wizard King’ series, where you could see he really had his heart in the work.

have one's heart in one's mouth

Be greatly alarmed or apprehensive.
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  • It's been so long and did anyone else have their heart in their mouth at the way they tossed the little urn around?
  • He grins as he talks: ‘I couldn't watch the second half - I had my heart in my mouth for most of it and it was just nerve-wracking.’
  • Griffin had his heart in his mouth on 63 minutes after Simak and Franca made the most of Bramble's slip to force their way into the penalty area, the full-back diving in to drive the ball just wide of his own goal.

have one's heart in the right place

Be sincere or well intentioned.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • And the beauty part, for the reader, is that no actual achievement, no objective superiority, is required: it's all a matter of having your heart in the right place.
  • Mr Manning, you appear to have your heart in the right place, but your advisers are misleading you.
  • He does have his heart in the right place but has to accept that without considerable subsidies, airline travel to the islands will never be commercially viable.

heart of stone

A stern or cruel nature.
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  • You would have to have a heart of stone not to be weeping with laughter at that line.
  • Isn't it common knowledge that those having a heart of stone and tending to be self-centred are often blessed with a better life than those given to compassion and compliance with the morality and ethics?
  • Only a man with a heart of stone could read ‘We celebrate our oneness with Akron, Summit County and beyond’ without laughing till his breath failed him.

hearts and flowers

Used in allusion to extreme sentimentality: hearts and flowers music
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  • These days, I find that I waver between a desire for solitude and a desire to be part of a relationship - a choice between independence and simplicity, or hearts and flowers (well, OK, maybe not the flowers).
  • Should it be hearts and flowers, a verse, modern and ‘cool’, cute bears, slightly naughty, innuendo, blatant cheek?
  • Some people will always be interested in that, and some people will always be interested in hearts and flowers.

hearts and minds

Used in reference to emotional and intellectual support or commitment: a campaign to win the hearts and minds of America’s college students
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  • Although it is still not revelation enough to win over the hearts and minds of those jaded to reality TV or pop generally.
  • In short, it has to include also an ideological struggle for winning the hearts and minds of Muslims.
  • The first discards any pretence of attempting to win hearts and minds, and any shred of moral decency.

one's heart's desire

A person or thing that one greatly wishes for: he confided to me that his heart’s desire was really to pursue dentistry
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  • Somehow, because I value his ideas more than any item, he never gets the feeling that I am rejecting his wishes or depriving him of his heart's desire.
  • The Lovers symbolizes a choice between duty versus your heart's desire, take a risk and it could lead to greater happiness and emotional fulfilment, stay dutiful and life will remain the same.
  • With your meal, you can sup Chinese tea to your heart's desire.

one's heart goes out to

One feels intense sympathy for: my heart goes out to the grieving family
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  • As a father, my heart goes out to the family.
  • I would say that to be able to give this marrow is just absolutely nothing compared to what he's going through, and my heart goes out to him.
  • There are other people out there who are worse off than us and if we are struggling, my heart goes out to them.

one's heart sinks

Used to express a feeling of sudden sadness or dismay: her heart sank as she thought of Craig
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  • Laura was having a great time, but then all of a sudden, her heart sank.
  • When you hear news like that your heart sinks to the bottom of your stomach.
  • Each year there are things that you feel great about and then at other times your heart sinks.

in one's heart of hearts

In one’s inmost feelings.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • She backed it up by saying that maybe I secretly - in my heart of hearts - wanted to proclaim my love for Danny.
  • She was perfectly aware that Paul was glancing at her every few seconds, and in her heart of hearts, she was secretly pleased, though she didn't even raise her eyes from her writing and look back at him, even once.
  • Relatives may give you quizzical looks, and so may friends, but you know in your heart of hearts that you are following your inner voice.
inwardly, inside, internally, within, deep down (inside), deep within, at heart, in one's mind, to oneself;
privately, secretly, confidentially

take something to heart

Take criticism seriously and be affected or upset by it: he took Wilson’s criticism to heart
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  • Through most of this period, I've tried to focus on taking the criticisms to heart - understanding the arguments, looking closely at the evidence, and trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.
  • I ended up taking the criticism to heart and worrying about what I'd heard all week.
  • According to surveys by several executive compensation consultants, boards took the criticism to heart.

to one's heart's content (or delight)

To the full extent of one’s desires: the children could run and play to their heart’s content in an older vehicle, you can ride around to your heart’s delight
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  • She's promised to let me play to my heart's content with her cabinet full of 78s.
  • It is an idea that will cheer the hearts of those who would love to eat to their heart's content.
  • You may use our RSS feeds to your heart's content, provided you do not publish the full text of our articles.

wear one's heart on one's sleeve

Make one’s feelings apparent.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • I showed my feelings and wore my heart on my sleeve.
  • Happily, events on the park were a fitting tribute to the man who always wore his heart on his sleeve and played with a passion too often absent from the modern game.
  • He carried a bunch of no-hopers for years; he is a terrific motivator; he takes no guff from authority; he told Sir Alex where to go and was proved right; and he was a great player who wore his heart on his sleeve.

with all one's heart (or one's whole heart)

Sincerely; completely.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • I would get up with a smile on my face and do everything sincerely, with all my heart.
  • Their grief would be genuine, and felt with all their heart.
  • But he cuts with all his heart and all his passion and gives these landscapes a new life and special meaning.

heart to heart

Candidly, intimately.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • But what I think he really wants me to know is that he's not selling the family silver without having had a good, long, hard, heart to heart with his conscience about it, and that I shouldn't think that he's a bad person by doing so.
  • They had a heart to heart and told each other a lot of home truths.
  • We had a bit of a heart to heart, so to speak, with the players on Tuesday night at training.


Old English heorte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hart and German Herz, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin cor, cord- and Greek kēr, kardia.

  • The Greek word kardia, from which English took cardiac (Late Middle English), is directly related to heart. The shared root existed before their ancestor developed into different language families in Europe, Asia, and northern India. Since Anglo-Saxon times people have regarded the heart as the centre of emotions and feelings. If you wear your heart on your sleeve, you make your feelings clear for all to see. In a television interview in 1987 the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher advised against it, saying: ‘To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.’ The phrase has its origins in chivalry. In the Middle Ages, when jousting was a popular form of entertainment, a knight would tie a favour to his sleeve—a ribbon, glove, or other small item belonging to the lady given as a sign of her love or support.

Palabras que riman con heart

apart, apparat, art, baht, Bart, Barthes, cart, carte, chart, clart, dart, Eilat, fart, ghat, Gujarat, Gujrat, hart, Harte, heart-to-heart, impart, Jat, kart, kyat, Maat, Mansart, mart, outsmart, part, quarte, salat, savate, Scart, smart, start, tart, zakat

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