Definition of by heart in English:

by heart


  • From memory.

    • ‘One still hears tales of settlers who cleared the bush while reciting Shakespeare and Shelley by heart.’
    • ‘He read all the books and I do mean all and could recite large passages of film dialogue by heart.’
    • ‘Everybody in the country, from kindergarten children to retirees, learned the plays by heart.’
    • ‘They know all the answers here by heart and repeat them with all the thought of a parrot.’
    • ‘Once there they are said to have to learn by heart a great deal of poetry; indeed many stay on in training for twenty years.’
    • ‘When he first entered Parliament he learnt his speeches by heart.’
    • ‘Only 25, he has already notched up more than 40 performances, and knows it pretty much by heart.’
    • ‘In the light of the furnace flame, one of the men got up and started to recite the biblical passages by heart.’
    • ‘I was little, tiny, and I as soon as I knew the words by heart I would repeat them in a rhythmic mantra until I fell asleep.’
    • ‘Poems and plays only come fully to life when they are spoken, from the heart, by heart.’
    from memory, off pat, by rote, off by heart, word for word, verbatim, parrot-fashion, word-perfect
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