to learn something by heart

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - learn by heart

"to learn something by heart"

to learn something so well that it can be written or recited without any effort;

to memorize something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - learn by heart

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Can you believe that new intern? Is she some kind of genius or what?

Colleague 2:  I know. She asked me what I was doing the other day when I was looking up a particular statute in the criminal code.  When I told her which statute, she proceeded to recite the statute word for word from memory.

Colleague 1:  Amazing that the intern learned that statute by heart.  Must have taken a long time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - learn by heart

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Oh, no. Here we go to Professor Smith's English Literature class again.

Student 2:  Did you finish memorizing the poem he assigned. You know he is going to call on various students to recite it from memory.

Student 1:  I have a lot of trouble learning things by heart. I just hope he doesn't ask me.

to learn something by heart - Usage:


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to learn something by heart - Gerund Form:

Learning phone numbers by heart is almost never done in the modern world.

to learn something by heart - Examples:

1)  If he adores it, he will learn it by heart. Lyric poetry is a fortress of memory.

2)  Prepare the voice-over in advance, learn it by heart or read it so that it sounds convincing and avoids hesitation.

3)  It's so beautiful. I made all my children learn it by heart.

4)  There is an additional factor: it is believed that by learning the Quran by heart at these schools, a boy will secure heaven for himself and his family.

5)  Their knowledge of the Lord is deepened by learning the Bible by heart and have described it.

6)  ... the book from her hand, went to his teacher, and learnt it by heart. Then he took it back to his mother and recited it, thus winning ...

7)  ... lines which sung with such truth and beauty that I wanted to learn them by heart.

8)  You will need to learn them by heart if you ever intend to program seriously in C.

9)  Alfred learned it by heart, recited it, and got the book.

10)  Although I love this poem and have learned it by heart, I have always thought it was too difficult to use it with my students.

11)  ... recipe that I have used in it so often that I have learned it by heart and have over the years adapted it in a variety of ways.

12)  None knew what the song meant, but they learned it by heart and just sang.

13)  ... to entreat the singing nymph to repeat her song until I have learned it by heart.

14)  ... or the sound-patterns of the words? Perhaps the tradition of learning things by heart is in fact remembering by ear.

15)  ... found that Ghana's educational system relied too much on learning things by heart and not spending sufficient time on building up critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

16)  Teaching hasn't got much to do with learning things by heart. We try to learn the youths to think a bit more for themselves.

17)  Children are still learning things by heart instead of understanding the subject!

18)  ... to that time in childhood when we love to learn things by heart, to chant nursery rhymes, and of course to learn words.

19)  He copies the Sutra or has it copied, learns it by heart, has it explained to him.

20)  ... education, work experience, career goals, interests, etc. Learn this by heart. There is often a gold opportunity to " tell your story " for an ...