Synonyms of heart in English:


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See Spanish definition of corazón


1‘his heart had stopped beating’


2‘he poured out his heart to me’

emotions, feelings, sentiments, soul, mind, bosom, breast
love, affection, passion
sympathy, pity, concern, compassion

3‘he has no heart’

compassion, sympathy, humanity, feeling, feelings, fellow feeling, concern for others, brotherly love, tender feelings, tenderness, empathy, understanding
kindness, kindliness, goodwill, benevolence, humanitarianism

4‘they may lose heart as the work mounts up’

enthusiasm, keenness, eagerness, spirit, determination, resolution, resolve, purpose, courage, backbone, spine, nerve, stomach, will, will power, fortitude, bravery, stout-heartedness
informal guts, spunk, grit
British informal bottle
vulgar slang balls

5‘right in the heart of the city’

centre, central part, middle, hub, core, nucleus, kernel, eye, bosom, navel


6‘the heart of the matter’

essence, quintessence, crux, core, nub, root, gist, meat, marrow, pith, substance, sum and substance, essential part, intrinsic nature, kernel, nucleus
informal nitty-gritty



    from the heart

    ‘I have told the truth from the bottom of my heart’

    sincerely, with all one's heart, earnestly, fervently, passionately, truly, truthfully, genuinely, devoutly, heartily, heart and soul, with all sincerity
    take heart

    ‘Mary took heart from the encouragement handed out’

    be encouraged, be heartened, be comforted, derive comfort, derive satisfaction
    cheer up, brighten up, perk up, liven up, become livelier, revive
    informal buck up

    lose heart

    do one's heart good

    ‘it did the rector's heart good to see so many at church’

    give one pleasure, make one happy, cheer, cheer one up, delight, please, gladden, hearten, gratify, satisfy, make one feel good, raise one's spirits, give one a lift, bring joy to
    informal give one a buzz, tickle one pink, buck one up


    by heart

    ‘I know the poem by heart’

    from memory, down pat, by rote, off by heart, word for word, verbatim, parrot-fashion, word-perfect
    British off pat
    in one's heart of hearts

    ‘deep down, in my heart of hearts, I still feel the same’

    inwardly, inside, internally, within, deep down, deep down inside, deep within, at heart, in one's mind, to oneself
    privately, secretly, confidentially
    give one's heart to

    ‘he lost his heart to a French girl’

    fall in love with, fall for, become infatuated with, be smitten by
    informal fall head over heels for, be swept off one's feet by, develop a crush on
    after one's own heart

    ‘he looked like a man after my own heart’

    like-minded, of the same mind, similar to oneself, kindred, compatible, congenial, sharing one's tastes
    to one's liking, of the kind that one likes, attractive to one, desirable, attractive, appealing, pleasing
    informal on the same wavelength

    dissimilar, unappealing

    at heart

    ‘he's a good lad at heart’

    basically, fundamentally, essentially, at bottom, deep down, in essence, intrinsically, innately
    really, actually, truly, in fact, in truth
    au fond
    informal when you get right down to it


    with one's heart in one's mouth

    ‘she watched with her heart in her mouth as the plane lost height’

    in alarm, in fear, fearfully, with apprehension, apprehensively, on edge, in a state of agitation, in a state of nerves, in fear and trembling, with trepidation, in suspense, in a cold sweat, with bated breath, on tenterhooks, with one's stomach in knots
    informal with butterflies in one's stomach, in a state, in a stew, all of a dither, in a sweat
    British informal having kittens
    North American informal in a twit
    British vulgar slang shitting bricks, bricking oneself
    dated overstrung
    have a heart

    ‘have a heart—this is my last chance’

    be compassionate, be kind, be merciful, be lenient, be sympathetic, be considerate, take pity, have mercy
    heart and soul

    ‘they had committed themselves heart and soul to the project’

    wholeheartedly, enthusiastically, eagerly, zealously, unreservedly, absolutely, thoroughly, completely, entirely, fully, totally, utterly, body and soul, to the hilt, with open arms, one hundred per cent, all the way