heal

verb
\ 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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You are not required to open healed wounds or write lengthy threads in order to explain your worth to others who aren’t willing to see it themselves. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Pete Buttigieg's Husband Chasten Shared an Empowering Coming Out Message," 3 Apr. 2019 Many of its creatures are soldiers, clerics, and knights, and its spells focus on increasing the health and the attack of your minions (also known as buffs) or healing them (or yourself) instead. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 Recently, acupuncture, and facial acupuncture more specifically, have become increasingly popular as a treatment for those who are looking to tend to chronic conditions, help the body heal — or even give their faces a little tune-up. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Exactly Is Facial Acupuncture — And Why You Should Try It," 6 Feb. 2019 Here, nine ways to exfoliate, heal, and regenerate lips all winter long. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Cure Your Chapped Lips This Winter," 31 Jan. 2019 Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner and former No. 1, announced on Friday in Melbourne, Australia, that this would be his last season because of a long-standing hip injury that won’t heal. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Australian Open Kicks Off a Season of Change," 13 Jan. 2019 There are formulas that hydrate and formulas that heal—this does both, which makes sense as it's designed for eczema-prone complexions. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "This Drugstore Baby Product Keeps My Skin Moisturized All Winter Long," 13 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal the origin splinters in the Pearson family that never quite healed, as old wounds between Kate, Rebecca, and Randall rear their ugly heads. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 2 Deals Randall a Truly Devastating Blow," 3 Oct. 2018 For Moore, the goal is to make materials that can heal themselves. Xiaozhi Lim, The Seattle Times, "Chemists in search of their Holy Grail: a plastic designed to die," 6 Aug. 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 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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