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1hale

adjective \ˈhāl\

: healthy and strong

Full Definition of HALE

:  free from defect, disease, or infirmity :  sound; also :  retaining exceptional health and vigor <a hale and hearty old man>

Examples of HALE

  1. <still hale and strong at 80, often outdoing his younger golfing buddies>

Origin of HALE

partly from Middle English (northern) hale, from Old English hāl; partly from Middle English hail, from Old Norse heill — more at whole
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of HALE

healthy, sound, wholesome, robust, hale, well mean enjoying or indicative of good health. healthy implies full strength and vigor as well as freedom from signs of disease <a healthy family>. sound emphasizes the absence of disease, weakness, or malfunction <a sound heart>. wholesome implies appearance and behavior indicating soundness and balance <a face with a wholesome glow>. robust implies the opposite of all that is delicate or sickly <a lively, robust little boy>. hale applies particularly to robustness in old age <still hale at the age of eighty>. well implies merely freedom from disease or illness <she has never been a well person>.

2hale

verb
haledhal·ing

Definition of HALE

transitive verb
1
:  haul, pull
2
:  to compel to go

Examples of HALE

  1. <the fishermen haled the huge net onto the deck of the ship>

Origin of HALE

Middle English halen, from Anglo-French haler, aler — more at haul
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to HALE

Synonyms
drag, draw, pull, haul, lug, tow, tug
Antonyms
drive, propel, push

Hale

biographical name \ˈhāl\

Definition of HALE

Edward Everett 1822–1909 Am. Unitarian clergyman & writer

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George Ellery 1868–1938 Am. astron.

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biographical name

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Sir Matthew 1609–1676 Eng. jurist

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biographical name

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Nathan 1755–1776 Am. Revolutionary hero
HALING Defined for Kids

1hale

adjective \ˈhāl\

Definition of HALE for Kids

:  strong and healthy <a hale and hearty man>

2hale

verb
haledhal·ing

Definition of HALE for Kids

:  to force to go <The judge haled them into court.>

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