heal

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verb \ˈhēl\

Definition of heal

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make sound or whole <heal a wound> b :  to restore to health

  3. 2 a :  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 (a breach or division) <heal a breach between friends>

  4. 3 :  to restore to original purity or integrity <healed of sin>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to return to a sound state

Examples of heal in a sentence

  1. You've got to give the injury time to heal.

  2. After the divorce, he needed some time to heal.

  3. The ointment will help heal the wound.

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

heal

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verb \ˈhēl\

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

heal

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verb \ˈhēl\

Definition of heal for Students

healed

healing

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

healer

noun

Medical Dictionary

heal

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verb \ˈhē(ə)l\

Medical Definition of heal

  1. 1:  to make sound or whole especially in bodily condition

  2. 2:  to cure of disease or disorder <heal injured tissues>

  3. 1

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to return to a sound state <the wound heals>

  6. 2:  to effect a cure

healer

\ˈhē-lər\play noun


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