to learn by heart

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To learn by heart See By heart, under Heart.
    • to learn by heart to memorize.
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Quotations

  • Homer
    Homer
    “Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other's good, and melt at other's woe.”

Usage

In literature:

It had struck Lorna's fancy, and she was trying to learn it by heart.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
She had not forgotten that during a whole season I had spent all my recreation time trying to teach her to learn it by heart.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
There was plenty of time to learn the morning's lesson by heart, for Dotty was obliged to keep very quiet all day.
"Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother's" by Sophie May
Learning was very distasteful to him; and Mr. Jones had to repeat his instructions so often, that it enabled me to learn them by heart.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
You must attend an extra drill to-morrow, and learn fifty lines by heart.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
Among much else he learns Shelley by heart, but his devotion to Wordsworth is unshaken.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
And if she has twins she has got to learn them both by heart.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
Heart, to learn by, 425.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
Much attention was paid to learning by heart the lessons of the previous day.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
But now, quickly home, to learn the thing by heart.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
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In poetry:

Saints below, with heart and voice,
Still in songs of praise rejoice,
Learning here, by faith and love,
Songs of praise to sing above.
"Songs of Praise the Angels Sang" by James Montgomery
What country maiden charms thy heart,
However fair, however sweet,
Who has not learned by gracious Art
To draw her dress around her feet?
"Grace" by Sappho
Dread Searcher of the hearts,
Thou who didst seal by Thy descending Dove
Thy servant's choice, O help us in our parts,
Else helpless found, to learn and teach Thy love.
"St. Matthias' Day" by John Keble
Learne to guide your course by Art,
Change your eyes into your heart,
And patient be:
Till fruitlesse Jelousie give leave,
By safest absence to receive
What you would see.
"62" by Mary Wroth
There was strength in him and the weak won freely from it,
There was an infinite pity, and hard hearts grew soft thereby,
There was truth so unshrinking and starry-shining,
Men read clear by its light and learned to scorn a lie.
"The Poet" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Come Poesy! nor like some just-formed maid,
With heart as yet unswoln by bliss or woe;--
But of such age be seen
As Egypt's glowing queen,
When her brave Roman learned to love her so
That death and loss of fame, were, by a smile, repaid.
"Zophiel - Invocation" by Maria Gowen Brooks

In news:

Mass murder suspect James Holmes was taken to the hospital this week after reportedly running headfirst into his jail cell wall, in what has been described by police as a "half- hearted suicide attempt," RadarOnline.com has learned.
Drawn from his "Ages of Man" and "Seven Deadly Sins " series, they illustrate his belief that "Humanity is the last thing to be learned by man," offering potent pictures of men and women willfully ignorant of the heart and soul.
Nikki and Kristen are joined by Stan Hockerson, Owner of Heart and Sole Sports, to learn what gear will keep you warm and comfy while tackling the outdoor workouts in the colder weather.
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In science:

In learning group theory, I am following the traditional Indian method: memorize things by heart and the meaning will eventually be revealed to you.
Galois theory on the line in nonzero characteristic
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