\ 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 Diamondbacks closer Archie Bradley believes the return of baseball can help people heal after they were scarred by the coronavirus pandemic. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley says family is ‘lucky’ after COVID-19 scare," 4 July 2020 Shared her own abuse as a child to help folks heal. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Ellen, Oprah, many others are not on house arrest for child sex trafficking," 18 Mar. 2020 Void Moons are known for halting action and promoting introspection, so these are great days to sit with your emotions, to heal, and to collect your thoughts. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 7 July 2020 According to Bronson, turtles heal slower than mammals and birds due to their slow metabolism. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "'They don't make turtle-sized wheelchairs': Two years later, Maryland's 'Lego Turtle' has recovered from shell fractures," 3 July 2020 To heal our wounds, to forgive, to resolve that a page has been turned, to trust each other. NBC News, "Mississippi governor says he will sign bill, if it passes, to change 'divisive' state flag," 27 June 2020 Answers here Learning to make cider helped this veteran heal. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try this month for takeout sushi, soul food and pizza," 7 July 2020 Turtles, experts said, heal much slower than birds and mammals because their metabolism is slower. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "A turtle that used a Lego wheelchair to heal is released in Maryland," 2 July 2020 Be your own hero; heal your heart with the simple pleasures in life. Sonja Marie, Essence, "July 2020 Horoscopes: Your Inner Strength Is Our Refuge, Cancer," 30 June 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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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Heal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heal. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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