heart noun

1 part of the body

ADJ. healthy, strong | bad, weak | artificial | human

HEART + VERB beat | pump sth The heart pumps blood through the body. | fail, stop | hammer, palpitate, pound, race, throb, thud, thump

HEART + NOUN rate | complaint, condition, defect, disease, failure, murmur, problem, trouble | bypass, operation, surgery, transplant a triple heart bypass operation open-heart surgery

2 feelings/emotions

ADJ. big, good, kind, soft, tender, warm | cold, hard | broken | heavy, sinking With a heavy heart, she watched him go. | light He set off with a light heart.

VERB + HEART have She has a kind heart. Have you no heart? | break He broke her heart. | gladden | steal, win | harden | open, pour out Finally, he broke down tears and poured out his heart to her.

HEART + VERB jump, leap, lurch, miss/skip a beat Her heart leapt with joy. | ache My heart aches when I think of their sorrow. | desire sth everything your heart could desire | sink | go out Our hearts go out to (= we sympathize deeply with) the families of the victims.

PREP. at ~ At heart he is a republican. | from the ~ I could tell he spoke from the heart. | in your ~ In my heart, I knew it wasn't true.

PHRASES an affair of the heart (= a romance) Her novels tend to deal with affairs of the heart | a change of heart (= a change of attitude) He could have a change of heart and settle down to family life. | from the bottom of your heart I beg you, from the bottom of my heart, to spare his life. | heart and soul He committed himself heart and soul to the cause. | have a heart of gold/stone (= to be a kind/cruel person) (= no sympathetic feelings), the hearts and minds of sb to win the hearts and minds of the nation's youth | in good heart (= cheerful and well), put some/more heart into sth Let's sing it one more time from the beginning?and put some heart into it! | sick at heart (= very unhappy), with all your heart I wish you well with all my heart.

3 important/central part

ADJ. very

VERB + HEART lie at The distinction between right and wrong lies at the heart of all questions of morality. | go to The committee's report went to the heart of the government's dilemma.

PREP. at the ~ the issue at the heart of modern government | ~ of We live in the very heart of the city.

PHRASES the heart of the matter/problem

4 playing card > Note at CARD