take something to heart

take something to heart

COMMON If you take someone's advice or criticism to heart, you pay a lot of attention to it, and are greatly influenced or upset by it. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. He had taken his doctor's advice to heart and lost the recommended amount of weight. You know he says nasty things when he's angry. Don't take it to heart, Polly.
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take something to heart

take something seriously; be much affected or upset by something.
1992 Ian Rankin A Good Hanging Suicidal, just as actors can be. He took criticism to heart. He was a perfectionist.
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take something to ˈheart


1 be very upset or offended by somebody’s criticism: Her review of your book is stupid. Don’t take it so much to heart.
2 pay great attention (to somebody’s suggestions, etc.): I’m pleased to see that they have taken my suggestions to heart and followed my advice.
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