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.
See also: heart, something, take