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1. Anatomy
a. The chambered muscular organ in vertebrates that pumps blood received from the veins into the arteries, thereby maintaining the flow of blood through the entire circulatory system.
b. A similarly functioning structure in invertebrates.
2. The area that is the approximate location of the heart in the body; the breast.
a. The vital center and source of one's being, emotions, and sensibilities.
b. The repository of one's deepest and sincerest feelings and beliefs: an appeal from the heart; a subject dear to her heart.
c. The seat of the intellect or imagination: the worst atrocities the human heart could devise.
a. Emotional constitution, basic disposition, or character: a man after my own heart.
b. One's prevailing mood or current inclination: We were light of heart.
a. Capacity for sympathy or generosity; compassion: a leader who seems to have no heart.
b. Love; affection: The child won my heart.
a. Courage; resolution; fortitude: The soldiers lost heart and retreated.
b. The firmness of will or the callousness required to carry out an unpleasant task or responsibility: hadn't the heart to send them away without food.
7. A person esteemed or admired as lovable, loyal, or courageous: a dear heart.
a. The central or innermost physical part of a place or region: the heart of the financial district.
b. The core of a plant, fruit, or vegetable, such as a heart of palm.
9. The most important or essential part: get to the heart of the matter.
10. A conventional two-lobed representation of the heart, usually colored red or pink.
11. Games
a. A red, heart-shaped figure on certain playing cards.
b. A playing card with this figure.
c. hearts(used with a sing. or pl. verb) The suit of cards represented by this figure.
d. A card game in which the object is either to avoid hearts when taking tricks or to take all the hearts.
tr.v. heart·ed, heart·ing, hearts
1. Slang To have great liking or affection for: I heart chocolate chip cookies!
2. Archaic To encourage; hearten.
at heart
In one's deepest feelings; fundamentally.
by heart
Learned by rote; memorized word for word.
do (one's) heart good
To lift one's spirits; make one happy.
from the bottom/depths of (one's) heart
With the deepest appreciation; most sincerely.
have (one's) heart in (one's) mouth
To be extremely frightened or anxious.
have (one's) heart in the right place
To be well-intentioned.
heart and soul
Completely; entirely.
in (one's) heart of hearts
In the seat of one's truest feelings.
lose (one's) heart to
To fall in love with.
near/close to (one's) heart
Loved by or important to one.
steal (someone's) heart
To win one's affection or love.
take to heart
To take seriously and be affected or troubled by: Don't take my criticism to heart.
to (one's) heart's content
To one's entire satisfaction, without limitation.
wear (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve
To show one's feelings clearly and openly by one's behavior.
with all (one's) heart
1. With great willingness or pleasure.
2. With the deepest feeling or devotion.
with half a heart
In a halfhearted manner.

[Middle English hert, from Old English heorte; see kerd- in Indo-European roots. V., sense 1, from the use of a heart shape to represent the verb love, originally between the letters I and NY in merchandise meant to be read I love New York.]


(ˈhɑr tɪd)

having a specified kind of heart (used in combination): hardhearted; sad-hearted.
References in classic literature ?
Had he known what further the boy contemplated he would doubtless have entirely abandoned his own scheme of revenge and aided the boy whole heartedly in the consummation of the lad's, which would have been better for Paulvitch, could he have but read the future but a few short hours ahead.
There was no getting at the wild-dog, no chance to rush against him whole heartedly, with generous full weight in the attack.
DON'T make the mistake of taking Alastair Balls' levity light heartedly.
Law Minister Punjab said that any electoral reforms suggested by Tehreek-e-Insaf in the parliamentary committee would be open heartedly welcomed.
Every single one of the cast gave 100%, and are to be congratulated whole heartedly.
Referring to formation of the provincial government, he said his party has already reposed complete confidence in PML-N chief Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and will whole heartedly accept whoever he nominates for the chief minister slot.
The Minister heartedly congratulated the Head and Members of the (HCW) for acquiring confidence of the President of the Republic.
Get real sporting benefit I WHOLE heartedly agree with L Smith (Examiner, January 3) in saying Kirklees Active Leisure treat the older population as a one model fits all Four years ago I walked with a stick due to arthritis in my spine, the result of damage caused in my younger days following a car accident.
ISLAMABAD -- Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan has assured the head of Taliban negotiating committee Maulana Sami ul Haq that the government has started the dialogue process whole heartedly and with sincere intent.
Jessie added that since she doesn't like doing anything half- heartedly, she wouldn't do anything as of yet until she moves there next year.
Alternatively, I've also seen the effects of SAD in folk and believe heartedly in the research that tells us of the essential need for vitamin D - sunshine, of course, being the most direct source.
HAVING watched all of the parliamentary debate on Hillsborough, I whole heartedly agree with Paddy Shennan''s comments in the ECHO on October 19.