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take heart (from something)
to receive courage or comfort from some fact. I hope that you will take heart from what we told you today. Even though you did not win the race, take heart from the fact that you did your best. I told her to take heart and try again next time.
Be confident, be brave, as in Take heart, we may still win this game. This idiom uses heart in the sense of "courage." [First half of 1500s]
If you take heart from something, it makes you feel happier or more hopeful. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. The Americans have taken heart from the fact that fourteen other food-exporting countries have attacked the proposals too. Note: People also say take heart in order to encourage someone to be more hopeful. Take heart — you're not alone.
To be confident or courageous.