heart

[ hahrt ]
/ hɑrt /

noun

verb (used with object)

Archaic.
  1. to fix in the heart.
  2. to encourage.
Informal. to like or enjoy very much; love: I heart Chicago.

Idioms for heart

Origin of heart

before 900; Middle English herte, Old English heorte; cognate with Dutch hart, German Herz, Old Norse hjarta, Gothic hairtō; akin to Latin cor (see cordial, courage), Greek kardía (see cardio-); def 19, from the use of the stylized heart symbol to represent love

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH heart

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British Dictionary definitions for after one's own heart

heart
/ (hɑːt) /

noun

verb

(intr) (of vegetables) to form a heart
an archaic word for hearten
See also hearts

Word Origin for heart

Old English heorte; related to Old Norse hjarta, Gothic hairtō, Old High German herza, Latin cor, Greek kardia, Old Irish cride
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Medical definitions for after one's own heart

heart
[ härt ]

n.

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.
A similarly functioning structure in invertebrates.
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Scientific definitions for after one's own heart

heart
[ härt ]

The hollow, muscular organ that pumps blood through the body of a vertebrate animal by contracting and relaxing. In humans and other mammals, it has four chambers, consisting of two atria and two ventricles. The right side of the heart collects blood with low oxygen levels from the veins and pumps it to the lungs. The left side receives blood with high oxygen levels from the lungs and pumps it into the aorta, which carries it to the arteries of the body. The heart in other vertebrates functions similarly but often has fewer chambers.
A similar but simpler organ in invertebrate animals.
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Cultural definitions for after one's own heart

heart

The hollow muscular organ that is the center of the circulatory system. The heart pumps blood throughout the intricate system of blood vessels in the body.

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Idioms and Phrases with after one's own heart (1 of 2)

after one's own heart

To one's own personal liking, as in He's very patient with the slower pupils; he's a teacher after my own heart. This idiom appears in the King James Bible of 1611 (I Samuel 13:14). [Late 1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with after one's own heart (2 of 2)

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