- the homologous structure in other vertebrates, consisting of four chambers in mammals and birds and three chambers in reptiles and amphibians.
- the analogous contractile structure in invertebrate animals, as the tubular heart of the spider and earthworm.
- (used with a singular or plural verb) the suit so marked: Hearts is trump. Hearts are trump.
- (used with a singular verb) a game in which the players try to avoid taking tricks containing this suit.
verb (used with object)
- to fix in the heart.
- to encourage.
- to think seriously about; concern oneself with: He took to heart his father's advice.
- to be deeply affected by; grieve over: She was prone to take criticism too much to heart.
- to make one's intimate feelings or personal affairs known to all: She was not the kind who would wear her heart on her sleeve.
- to be liable to fall in love; fall in love easily: How lovely to be young and wear our hearts on our sleeves!
- with earnestness or zeal.
- with willingness; cordially: She welcomed the visitors with all her heart.
Origin of heart
British Dictionary definitions for after one's own heart
- a red heart-shaped symbol on a playing card
- a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl.) the suit of cards so marked
- to be kind, thoughtful, or generous
- to mean well
Word Origin for heart
Word Origin and History for after one's own heart
Old English heorte "heart; breast, soul, spirit, will, desire; courage; mind, intellect," from Proto-Germanic *khertan- (cf. Old Saxon herta, Old Frisian herte, Old Norse hjarta, Dutch hart, Old High German herza, German Herz, Gothic hairto), from PIE *kerd- "heart" (cf. Greek kardia, Latin cor, Old Irish cride, Welsh craidd, Hittite kir, Lithuanian širdis, Russian serdce "heart," Breton kreiz "middle," Old Church Slavonic sreda "middle").
Spelling with -ea- is c.1500, reflecting what then was a long vowel, and remained when pronunciation shifted. Most of the figurative senses were present in Old English, including "intellect, memory," now only in by heart. Heart attack attested from 1875; heart disease is from 1864. The card game hearts is so called from 1886.
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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)
In addition to the idioms beginning with heart
- heart and soul
- heart goes out to, one's
- heart in it, have one's
- heart in one's mouth, have one's
- heart in the right place, have one's
- heart is set on
- heart misses a beat, one's
- heart not in it
- heart of gold
- heart of stone
- heart of the matter
- heart on one's sleeve
- heart sinks, one's
- heart stands still
- heart to heart
- absence makes the heart grow fonder
- after one's own heart
- at heart
- break someone's heart
- by heart
- change of heart
- cold hands, warm heart
- cross my heart
- cry one's eyes (heart) out
- cut to the quick (heart)
- do one (one's heart) good
- eat one's heart out
- find it in one's heart
- from the bottom of one's heart
- get to the heart of
- give someone heart failure
- half a heart
- harden one's heart
- have a heart
- have no heart for
- heavy heart
- in one's heart of hearts
- lose heart
- lose one's heart to
- near to one's heart
- not have the heart to
- open one's heart
- pour out one's heart
- set one's heart on
- sick at heart
- steal someone's heart
- steel one's heart against
- take heart
- take to heart
- to one's heart's content
- warm heart
- warm the cockles of one's heart
- wear one's heart on one's sleeve
- with all one's heart
- young at heart