Definition of Take to heart

1. Verb. Get down to; pay attention to; take seriously. "Attend to your duties, please"

Exact synonyms: Attend To
Generic synonyms: Bear In Mind, Mind
Antonyms: Neglect

Definition of Take to heart

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To take something seriously; to internalize or live according to something (e.g. advice.) ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To feel keenly; be greatly grieved at; be much affected by something. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take To Heart

take the reins
take the road
take the shadow for the substance
take the stage
take the stand
take the stump
take the veil
take the wheel
take the wind out of someone's sails
take things as they come
take time
take time by the forelock
take time off
take to
take to be
take to heart (current term)
take to one's bed
take to one's heels
take to pieces
take to task
take to the cleaners
take to the hills
take to the streets
take to the woods
take turns
take umbrage
take up
take up a collection
take up arms
take up the cudgel for

Literary usage of Take to heart

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by National Baptist Educational Convention (1872)
"If we would only, as friends of education, take to heart these words and appropriate to ourselves what we have listened to, and try, really, sincerely, ..."

2. The Christian's Great Interest: In Two Parts, I. The Trial of a Saving by William Guthrie (1815)
"... and Iris hazard thereby, and he must take to heart s offer of pardon and peace through Christ Jesus, and heartily close with God's offer, ..."

3. Immortality, a Study of Belief, and Earlier Addresses by William Newton Clarke (1920)
"Some day we shall take to heart what it would be for Christians to live in all the relations of life in the genuine spirit of Jesus, to help others to do ..."

4. Domesday Book and Beyond: Three Essays in the Early History of England by Frederic William Maitland (1897)
"... but there is the more reason why we should take to heart those warnings that it already gives us, because what we can read of hides is to be found for ..."

5. The Historie of the Kirk of Scotland: Containing a Supplement of the by John Row, William Row (1842)
"... of this Kirk all the dayes of their life, vnder the paine of endles condemnation in that great day of the Lord. And let the King take to heart ..."

6. The International Military Digest Annual by Cornélis De Witt Willcox (1917)
"To offset this advantage it is necessary for us to take to heart the lessons taught, and to devise some scheme whereby we can use effectively our own ..."

7. The Mission of the Comforter & Other Sermons with Notes by Julius Charles Hare (1846)
"to take to heart. Assuredly it is only from this cause, our having become too bad for many a belief and superstition, that our age has found it so easy to ..."

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