- 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
Examples from the Web for hearts
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.
It made a big impact on him and he realized, “Wow, there really is a Santa, at least in the hearts of some people.”Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Our hearts and our prayers are with you,” read a message on the accompanying card.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The pictures which would melt even the hardest of Republcian hearts were taken at the end of November.
That is to say, there is much longing in the hearts of Americans.During Advent, Lots of Waiting, But Not Enough Hope|Gene Robinson|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this is certain, that whatever the sex set their hearts upon, they make thorough work of it.Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
That harsh call to return rang in their hearts by day and by night, awakening home-sickness and desire.The Outrage|Annie Vivanti
They all drank, and their hearts were warmed and peace reigned once more.The Downfall|Emile Zola
The craving for wealth was in their hearts, rendering them blind to everything else.My Strangest Case|Guy Boothby
What mattered anything that night, when all hearts were light, and youth was abroad?Our Little Polish Cousin|Florence E. Mendel
British Dictionary definitions for hearts (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for hearts (2 of 2)
- 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
Medicine definitions for hearts
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Idioms and Phrases with hearts
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