heal

verb
\ 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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Your scars are a way of communicating, and sharing a trauma can be healing in so many ways. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Opens Up About the Scoliosis Operation She Had in Her Childhood," 23 Dec. 2018 Christian Saldana with Saldana Tattoos did the intricate work for him about three months ago and its long since healed. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "A man that is more Houston than you are gets 'Be Someone' tattooed on his head," 28 June 2018 This move may Sri Lanka back away from the precipice of a full-blown political catastrophe and ease fears of violence in a country that’s still healing from a decades-long civil war. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Dueling prime ministers and assassination plots: an escalating crisis in Sri Lanka," 1 Nov. 2018 As season 3 of the Netflix series Daredevil begins, Matt (Charlie Cox) returns to the church where he was raised and takes some time to heal physically as well as mentally and spiritually. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Most Read," 12 Oct. 2018 Laney survived and has since healed from the physical trauma of the birth. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Walker Hayes and His Wife Laney Open Up About Their Newborn Daughter's Heartbreaking Death," 22 Aug. 2018 Becca wants to know if Garrett's fully healed from his divorce and ready for an engagement, which, like, who knows? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 8 Recap: Hometowns Bring the Drama," 16 July 2018 My birth doula likened the surgical repair for a 4th degree tear to an intricate embroidery of many layers of tissue and muscle, a repair that heals from the inside out to bring back the integral components of the pelvic floor musculature. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 This is a deeply divisive election In a country still healing from decades of violence, this election pits the hard right and left against each other. Danielle Gilbert, Washington Post, "Will Colombia’s next president be a former left-wing guerrilla?," 15 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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More Definitions for heal

heal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of heal

: to become healthy or well again

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

heal

verb
\ 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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