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take (something) to heart

To treat something as significant or important and be moved, affected, influenced, or upset by it at a personal level. Don't take his comments to heart—he's that hard on everyone in the office. If you actually take her advice to heart, I think you'll find it deeply comforting.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take something to heart

Fig. to consider that some comment is significant to oneself. Mary listened to Bob's advice and took it all to heart. All Sue's advice was taken to heart by the show committee.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take to heart

Be deeply moved or affected or upset by, as in I know you'll take these comments about your story to heart, or She really took that college rejection to heart. [c. 1300]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take to heart

To take seriously and be affected or troubled by: Don't take my criticism to heart.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

take to heart, to

To be deeply moved or affected; to grieve over; to concern oneself seriously with. This expression was already being used in the sixteenth century and is by no means dated. Anthony Trollope used it in The Belton Estate (1865): “She had no idea when she was refusing him that he would take it to heart as he had done.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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