\ ˈhēl How to pronounce heal (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web As SaRodorick Thompson continues to heal from shoulder surgery, Brooks has quickly emerged as one of the conference’s best runners. Ryan Mainville, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 The number of people applying for first-time jobless aid has dropped to another pandemic-era low, showing the labor market continues to heal despite the spread of coronavirus variants. CBS News, 9 Sep. 2021 Feglia went to Uruguay for a time to heal and be with family. Rebecca King, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch for the Angels against Yankees in order to give his right hand extra time to heal. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 1 Sep. 2021 Jobless claims fell to a new pandemic low last week, suggesting the labor market continues to heal even as the Delta variant causes uncertainty. Bryan Mena, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 With time to heal — physically and mentally — MacLean returned for a fifth year in 2017, finishing 30 seconds clear of second place to defend her A-10 cross-country title in October. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021 Reporters from other papers came back to fill in while the survivors took time to heal. Rick Hutzell, Time, 29 July 2021 Still, policymakers at the Federal Reserve and White House continue to predict that as the economy has time to heal, inflation will settle back down. Washington Post, 13 July 2021

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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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“Heal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heal. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce heal (audio) \
healed; healing

Kids Definition of heal

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

Other Words from heal

healer noun


transitive verb
\ ˈhē(ə)l How to pronounce heal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce heal (audio) \ noun

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