(noun, verb)


1. the locus of feelings and intuitions

- in your heart you know it is true

Similar word(s): bosom

Definition categories: thought, hunch, intuition, suspicion

2. the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body

- he stood still, his heart thumping wildly

Similar word(s): pump, ticker

Definition categories: body, viscus

3. the courage to carry on

- you haven't got the heart for baseball

Similar word(s): mettle, nerve

Definition categories: attribute, braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness

4. an area that is approximately central within some larger region

- they ran forward into the heart of the struggle

Similar word(s): center, centre, eye, middle

Definition categories: location, area, country

5. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

- the heart and soul of the Republican Party

Similar word(s): center, centre, core, essence, gist, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nub, pith, substance, sum

Definition categories: thought, content

6. an inclination or tendency of a certain kind

- he had a change of heart

Similar word(s): spirit

Definition categories: attribute, disposition, temperament

7. a plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom; conventionally used on playing cards and valentines

- he drew a heart and called it a valentine

Definition categories: shape

8. a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal)

- a five-pound beef heart will serve six

Definition categories: food, organs

9. a positive feeling of liking

- the child won everyone's heart

Similar word(s): affection, affectionateness, fondness, philia, tenderness, warmheartedness, warmness

Definition categories: feeling

10. a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it

- he led the queen of hearts

- hearts were trumps

Definition categories: man–made

Sentences with heart as a noun:

- The team lost, but they showed a lot of heart.

- a good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish heart

- The wood at the heart of a tree is the oldest.

- Buddhists believe that suffering is right at the heart of all life.


1. (transitive, poetic or humorous) To be fond of. Often bracketed or abbreviated with a heart symbol.

2. (transitive, obsolete) To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage.

3. (transitive, masonry) To fill an interior with rubble, as a wall or a breakwater.

4. (intransitive, agriculture, botany) To form a dense cluster of leaves, a heart, especially of lettuce or cabbage.