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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Recent Examples on the Web

The reference to Bill Buckley is in a section of the book on how citizens can heal the breach. Nr Interview, National Review, "A Political Renewal?," 11 June 2019 Psilocybin has potential both to heal people’s ills and to give them pleasure. The Economist, "Magic mushrooms should be decriminalised," 7 June 2019 That's why even restorative justice, the alternative response to crime that focuses on healing rather than punishment, never asks its participants to forgive. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Forgiveness and your health: What science says about the benefits," 5 June 2019 Rose Quartz is great to protect the heart and Amethyst is wonderful for healing the mind (both crystals can add extra oomph to bath time cleansing and can be charged in water). Lisa Stardust, Teen Vogue, "How to Use Magic to Banish Energy Vampires," 28 May 2019 The 30,000 square-foot-spa is a must for nursing any hangovers—and healing those sore muscles. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "5 Luxury Destinations for a Mother-Daughter Trip," 9 May 2019 Nicole had a passion for helping and healing others. courant.com, "Nicole Maria Duchesneau," 7 July 2018 Milwaukee Urban Stables, a project planned for a vacant lot in the Bay View neighborhood, will offer a horse therapy program with a focus on healing people with trauma. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Urban horse therapy program coming to Milwaukee's Bay View area will be first of its kind," 4 July 2018 All around her, fringing every icon, tied by silk ribbons, were modern votive offerings: tin or stamped metal tokens of arms and legs and ears and mouths, appealing for healing for a diseased or damaged human part. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019

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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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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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