to take to heart

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take to heart

"to take to heart"

to be deeply moved or affected or upset by


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take to heart

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You're here early. I don't think I've seen that before.

Colleague 2:  I had a good honest chat with the boss and she told me that if I wanted to move forward with my career that I would need to apply myself a little harder.

Colleague 1:  Good to see you have taken the boss's words to heart.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take to heart

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Harold is always complaining that he can't get a girlfriend.

Friend 2:  Have you told him that he really needs to take care of his personal grooming and hygiene; maybe even exercise a little?

Friend 1:  I've explained that to him over and over again. I have even given him some really good tips on how to look good.

Friend 2:  And still Harold looks like a slob. Too bad he doesn't take your advise to heart.

to take to heart - Usage:


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to take to heart - Gerund Form:

Taking the boss's comments to heart, she starting working more seriously.

to take to heart - Examples:

1)  This should be something we all take to heart, and conscientiously work into our analyses, ...

2)  Sandra, I hope you take to heart our school's motto of "Cura Personalis" -- care of the whole person.

3)  "work hard, play hard" is something that many students should take to heart.

4)  Until then, black America should take to heart another old time-tested and true saying: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

5)  A tragic book that we should all take to heart. We can not change the past but we can save children who are in ...

6)  ... which Smith seems to have taken to heart, has focused on.

7)  Taken to heart, some of it should change how you think about exercise and gyms forever.

8)  An expression that I have taken to heart and repeated often is "Anything can happen in Africa".

9)  That's a terrific suggestion, and one that should be taken to heart.

10)  ... have been taken to heart and changed a person's direction quite remarkably ...

11)  But one piece of advice I took to heart from day one. 'Never look at notes'. The great interviewers had ...

12)  Although he eventually chose a different career path, Eizadirad took to heart the ultimate lesson of sport -- that teamwork, cooperation, and self-confidence can transform ...

13)  It was amazing advice that I took to heart.

14)  ... complained about China's occupation of Tibet, an issue he first took to heart many years earlier.

15)  Words that Yasmin took to heart; words that she lives by.

16)  That's a message local Mormons are taking to heart; every month, church members volunteer at Siloam Mission, ...

17)  Another very important inspiration to do this was my mom and taking to heart what she went through in her life with the battles she fought. 

18)  ... unwarranted assumption and unrealistic expectation in one rather self-centered package. Not worth taking to heart, surely?

19)  They're not taking to heart how much influence it may have or how much it can really change the landscape.

20)  By now America had had enough, at last taking to heart JFK's admission that in the end it was their war.