\ ˈhēl \
healed; healing; heals

Definition of heal 

transitive verb

1a : to make free from injury or disease : to make sound or whole heal a wound

b : to make well again : to restore to health heal the sick

2a : 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 or correct (a breach or division) heal a breach between friends

3 : to restore to original purity or integrity healed of sin

intransitive verb

: to become free from injury or disease : to return to a sound state The cut has already healed.

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Examples of heal in a Sentence

You've got to give the injury time to heal. After the divorce, he needed some time to heal. The ointment will help heal the wound.
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The near six-minute track begins with the 26-year-old rapping about the ways he’s been healing through some of his personal struggles. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Pete Davidson Praises Ariana Grande's Topless Photo as Her Ex Mac Miller Raps About Lost Love," 13 July 2018 The class took his victory as collective victory — living proof that Healers could be healed. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Meet the Healers, young black men turning their trauma into something that helps others | Mike Newall," 13 July 2018 Understanding how to nourish and heal the postpartum body is key for a new family. Lauren Ingram, WSJ, "6 Great Go-To Baby Gifts (and 6 to Avoid)," 12 July 2018 Like other mothers who have the ability to take time off from work after having children, Williams spent time healing her body, bonding with her baby, and preparing to make her own comeback as a working parent. Michelle Garcia, Vox, "Serena Williams, working mom hero," 11 July 2018 Sorry for the corny exercise post but truly changed my life and healed years of pain. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Shows Off Ripped 'Pain Free' Body Following Auto Immune Disease Battle," 6 July 2018 Use plain Vaseline to soothe, protect, and heal the raw skin. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "How to Prevent and Treat That Annoying Rash Between Your Thighs," 6 July 2018 Her ancestors hid out there when other Diné (Navajo) people were forced into internment, and many of the songs and healing chants of her people come directly from the canyon. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "Sacred Native American Sites Are Not Your Playgrounds," 5 July 2018 The combination of physical release and emotional guidance has boosted Everett’s confidence and given her path to healing an advantage. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Somatic massage helps with pain, trauma," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of heal

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for heal

Middle English helen, from Old English hǣlan; akin to Old High German heilen to heal, Old English hāl whole — more at whole

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The first known use of heal was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of heal

: to become healthy or well again

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


\ ˈhēl \
healed; healing

Kids Definition of heal

: to make or become healthy or well again The cut healed slowly.

Other words from heal

healer noun
\ ˈhē(ə)l \

Medical Definition of heal 

1 : to make sound or whole especially in bodily condition

2 : to cure of disease or disorder heal injured tissues

intransitive verb

1 : to return to a sound state the wound heals

2 : to effect a cure

Other words from heal

healer \ˈhē-lər \ noun

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