Definition of heal
1a : to make free from injury or disease : to make sound or whole heal a woundb : 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 Powerb : 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
: to become free from injury or disease : to return to a sound state The cut has already healed.
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.
Recent Examples of heal from the Web
The ECB has printed more than 1.8 trillion euros and pumped them into the financial system to lift inflation and growth as the eurozone heals from the Great Recession and troubles over too much debt in countries such as Greece.
The initial sore caused by her first diaper change had refused to heal, and a nagging infection set in.
The waiting is the hardest part, and Adrian Beltre rarely has waited in his career for an injury to heal fully.
The blisters on Johnny Cueto’s middle and index fingers that limited his effectiveness in his last few starts haven’t yet completely healed.
My family’s experience has taught me how important to healing the doctor-patient partnership is.
Healing touch, dance, music, Tai-Chi, and cognitive-behavioral therapy alone landed at the bottom of the list.
So now is the time to come together and heal and focus on our larger task.
Neither will Walsh’s poem bring back any murdered children, or heal the wounds the bomber made, or illuminate his crimes.
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Origin and Etymology of heal
Middle English helen, from Old English hǣlan; akin to Old High German heilen to heal, Old English hāl whole — more at whole
First Known Use: before 12th century
HEAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heal for English Language Learners
: to become healthy or well again
: to make (someone or something) healthy or well again
HEAL Defined for Kids
Definition of heal for Students
: to make or become healthy or well again The cut healed slowly.
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