verb \ˈhēl\

: to become healthy or well again

: to make (someone or something) healthy or well again

Full Definition of HEAL

transitive verb
a :  to make sound or whole <heal a wound>
b :  to restore to health
a :  to cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome :  mend <the troubles … had not been forgotten, but they had been healed — William Power>
b :  to patch up (a breach or division) <heal a breach between friends>
:  to restore to original purity or integrity <healed of sin>
intransitive verb
:  to return to a sound state

Examples of HEAL

  1. You've got to give the injury time to heal.
  2. After the divorce, he needed some time to heal.
  3. The ointment will help heal the wound.

Origin of HEAL

Middle English helen, from Old English ̄lan; akin to Old High German heilen to heal, Old English hāl whole — more at whole
First Known Use: before 12th century


transitive verb \ˈhē(ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEAL

: to make sound or whole especially in bodily condition
: to cure of disease or disorder <heal injured tissues>
intransitive verb
: to return to a sound state <the wound heals>
: to effect a cure
heal·er \ˈhē-lər\ noun


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