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Diagram of the human heart.
The Ace of Hearts.

Old English heorte < Proto-Germanic *xirtan < Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr. Cognate with Dutch hart, German Herz, Swedish hjärta. The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek καρδία, Latin cor, Welsh craidd, Irish croí, Russian сердце, Lithuanian širdis.





heart ({{{1}}})
  1. (anatomy) A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body.
  2. (uncountable) Emotions, kindness, or spirit in general.
    The team lost, but they showed a lot of heart.
  3. A conventional shape or symbol used to represent the heart, love, or emotion: or sometimes <3
    • 1998, Pat Cadigan, Tea From an Empty Cup, p. 106
      "Aw. Thank you." The Cherub kissed the air between them and sent a small cluster of tiny red hearts at her.
  4. A playing card of the suit hearts featuring one or more heart-shaped symbols.
  5. The centre, essence, or core.
    the heart of the matter

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to heart (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To be fond of. Often bracketed or abbreviated with a heart symbol.
    • 1905, Capt. James, William Wordsworth (editor), Poems and Extracts, page 81
      I heart to pray their bones may rest in peace
    • 2000, pixie, Goths need to take a chill pill, alt.gothic
      Well, then I regret to inform you that you are NOT goth. Goths (heart) anal beads.
    • 2001 April 6, Michael Baldwin, "The Heart Has Its Reasons", Commonweal
      We're but the sum of all our terrors until we heart the dove.
    • 2006, Susan Reinhardt, Bulldog doesn't have to rely on the kindness of strangers to draw attention,
      I guess at this point we were supposed to feel elated she'd come to her senses and decided she hearts dogs after all.
    • 2008 January 30, "Cheese in our time: Blur and Oasis to end feud with a Stilton", The Guardian (London)
      The further we delve into this "story", the more convinced we become of one thing: We heart the Goss.
    • 2008 July 25, "The Media Hearts Obama?", On The Media, National Public Radio
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To encourage.
  3. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To fill an interior with rubble, as a wall or a breakwater.
  4. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To form a dense cluster of leaves, a heart, especially of lettuce or cabbage.

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