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hale

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adjective \ˈhāl\

Definition of hale

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

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Examples of hale in a Sentence

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

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What's the Difference Between hale,healthy, sound, and robust?

When you need a word to describe someone or something in good health, you might pick hale or a synonym such as healthy, sound, or robust. Of those terms, healthy is the most general, implying full strength and vigor or simply freedom from signs of disease. Sound generally emphasizes the complete absence of defects of mind or body. Robust implies the opposite of all that is delicate or sickly and usually suggests muscular strength as well as the ability to work or play long and hard. Hale applies especially to robustness in later life. The phrase "hale and hearty" is often used to describe an older person who retains the physical qualities of youth.

Origin and Etymology of hale

partly from Middle English (northern) hale, from Old English hāl; partly from Middle English hail, from Old Norse heill — more at whole

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

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hale

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Definition of hale

haled

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haling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  haul, pull

  3. 2 :  to compel to go haled her into court

Examples of hale in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of hale

Middle English halen, from Anglo-French haler, aler — more at haul


Hale

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biographical name \ˈhāl\

Definition of Hale

  1. Edward Everett 1822–1909 American Unitarian clergyman and writer


Hale

biographical name

Definition of Hale

  1. George Ellery 1868–1938 American astronomer


Hale

biographical name

Definition of Hale

  1. Sir Matthew 1609–1676 English jurist


Hale

biographical name

Definition of Hale

  1. Nathan 1755–1776 American Revolutionary hero


HALE Defined for English Language Learners

hale

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adjective

Definition of hale for English Language Learners

  • : healthy and strong


HALE Defined for Kids

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hale

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adjective \ˈhāl\

Definition of hale for Students

  1. :  strong and healthy a hale and hearty man


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hale

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verb

Definition of hale for Students

haled

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haling

  1. :  to force to go The judge haled them into court.



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