\ 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 But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart. King. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "All the details on Leigh Bardugo's next book, the King of Scars sequel," 22 Aug. 2020 For Iglesias, the move is meant to give an injury that has already kept him out of the starting lineup for nine of the team’s 13 games a chance to properly heal. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "The kids are all they’ve got: Orioles going young with José Iglesias on injured list, Chris Davis benched," 18 Aug. 2020 Her ability to heal over the years and transform that into someone who's doing good work for people who have been through similar experiences is really powerful and something that inspired me too. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Katie Hill on refusing to disengage from politics: ‘Change is too important to step out of the arena’," 17 Aug. 2020 And as for their fractured relationship with teammates, Francona said that could take time to heal. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, "Cubs beat Indians 7-2 to match their best start since 1970," 12 Aug. 2020 The film, with the help of renowned scientists and mycologists, explores the magic of mushrooms and their ability to heal and save our planet, as well as the people who live on it. Gillian Telling, PEOPLE.com, "Brie Larson Extolls the Marvels of Mushrooms in New Film Fantastic Fungi," 3 Aug. 2020 Pugh reported to Sky Blue's initial training session but determined that her injury would need more time to heal. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Christen Press opt out of NWSL Challenge Cup," 23 June 2020 Doncic’s ankle won’t have much time to heal, as Sunday’s Game 4 tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (Dallas time). Dallas News, "Mavs face complicated choice in playing Doncic Sunday, but must avoid ‘unnecessary risks’ with franchise player," 22 Aug. 2020 Bryant took light swings with a fungo bat Friday, but the injuries need more time to heal. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs place slugger Kris Bryant on the injured list, and Jose Quintana could make his season debut next week — as a reliever," 22 Aug. 2020

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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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9 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Heal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heal. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce heal (audio)

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
\ 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 healer (audio) \ noun

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