hale

adjective
\ ˈhāl How to pronounce hale (audio) \

Definition of hale

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hale

verb
haled; haling

Definition of hale (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : haul, pull
2 : to compel to go haled her into court

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Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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Adjective

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

Examples of hale in a Sentence

Adjective still hale and strong at 80, often outdoing his younger golfing buddies Verb the fishermen haled the huge net onto the deck of the ship
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At a hale 77, Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a medical biochemist, botanist, organic chemist, poet, author and developer of artificial blood. New York Times, 24 Feb. 2022 After all, just how much did wearing a mask hinder a hale and hearty person from getting to their final destination? Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Out in the cold sunshine of the patio, parents lead wobbly kids from the slopes toward the parking lots, weaving through an assortment of free-ranging dogs and hale locals, who share BYO beers and the deep laughter of the young and the free. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 Out in the cold sunshine of the patio, parents lead wobbly kids from the slopes toward the parking lots, weaving through an assortment of free-ranging dogs and hale locals, who share BYO beers and the deep laughter of the young and the free. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 Out in the cold sunshine of the patio, parents lead wobbly kids from the slopes toward the parking lots, weaving through an assortment of free-ranging dogs and hale locals, who share BYO beers and the deep laughter of the young and the free. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 Out in the cold sunshine of the patio, parents lead wobbly kids from the slopes toward the parking lots, weaving through an assortment of free-ranging dogs and hale locals, who share BYO beers and the deep laughter of the young and the free. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 Out in the cold sunshine of the patio, parents lead wobbly kids from the slopes toward the parking lots, weaving through an assortment of free-ranging dogs and hale locals, who share BYO beers and the deep laughter of the young and the free. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 Out in the cold sunshine of the patio, parents lead wobbly kids from the slopes toward the parking lots, weaving through an assortment of free-ranging dogs and hale locals, who share BYO beers and the deep laughter of the young and the free. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even though no one is being haled into court, parents still need to behave civilly. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, 8 May 2020 Then an employer who attempts union-busting could be haled into court and face an injunction against demoting or firing union organizers, followed by a trial and possibly heavy damages. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, 28 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of hale

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hale

Adjective

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

Verb

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

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More Definitions for hale

hale

adjective
\ ˈhāl How to pronounce hale (audio) \

Kids Definition of hale

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: strong and healthy a hale and hearty man

hale

verb
haled; haling

Kids Definition of hale (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Hale biographical name (1)

\ ˈhāl How to pronounce Hale (audio) \

Definition of Hale

 (Entry 1 of 4)

Edward Everett 1822–1909 American Unitarian clergyman and writer

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Definition of Hale (Entry 2 of 4)

George Ellery 1868–1938 American astronomer

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Definition of Hale (Entry 3 of 4)

Sir Matthew 1609–1676 English jurist

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Definition of Hale (Entry 4 of 4)

Nathan 1755–1776 American Revolutionary hero

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