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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAKE HEART

It was impossible not to take heart, in the company of such a man as this.

You can take heart in the thought that you are no longer alone.

Take heart, Ralph Ray, most unselfish and long-suffering of men.

The other bade him take heart and pointed to some of their hostages, as much as to say "Look there!"

Kindled by such words, they take heart and rally in dense array.

With such a manager, the friends of the Union in England began to take heart.

I'll tell her; but I trust you won't die; take heart,—you're a brave fellow.

Take heart, brother, and come with me to the Isles du Castor.

By ‘too late in Life’ I mean too late to take Heart to do it.

People began to take heart though the fighting had not ceased.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English heorte "heart; breast, soul, spirit, will, desire; courage; mind, intellect," from Proto-Germanic *khertan- (cf. Old Saxon herta, Old Frisian herte, Old Norse hjarta, Dutch hart, Old High German herza, German Herz, Gothic hairto), from PIE *kerd- "heart" (cf. Greek kardia, Latin cor, Old Irish cride, Welsh craidd, Hittite kir, Lithuanian širdis, Russian serdce "heart," Breton kreiz "middle," Old Church Slavonic sreda "middle").

Spelling with -ea- is c.1500, reflecting what then was a long vowel, and remained when pronunciation shifted. Most of the figurative senses were present in Old English, including "intellect, memory," now only in by heart. Heart attack attested from 1875; heart disease is from 1864. The card game hearts is so called from 1886.

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