\ˈhēl \
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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In addition to benzoyl peroxide, Dr. Bhuyan suggests using Epsom salt and a warm compress to help heal the acne more quickly. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Is Vaginal Acne, and How Do You Treat It?," 3 Dec. 2018 Start the day by giving your digestive system a boost with a Greek yogurt and pear plate designed to heal the gut and bolster the immune system. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Ultimate Post-Thanksgiving Detox Meal Plan," 23 Nov. 2018 The teeny pinpricks force the skin to heal and build up stronger than before, while the device also deposits serum deeper into the skin. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "What Is Semi-Permanent BB Cream, and Why Are People Getting It Microneedled Into Their Faces?," 9 Nov. 2018 An assessment of how friendship can heal and harm us for fans of A Little Life, The Interestings, and anyone who hate-likes their friends’ Instagram posts sometimes. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Summer Reads of 2018," 21 May 2018 Death doesn’t seem to matter, because Mallory can also heal almost anyone or anything. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 Perhaps the most high-profile documentation comes from veteran Fallout player Many A True Nerd, a YouTuber who has made a name for himself by doing things like beating the games without ever healing himself. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fallout 76 players are helping newbies by acting like NPCs," 14 Nov. 2018 In that situation, experts recommending waiting until the pimple is healed over with fresh new skin before covering it with makeup. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Is It Harmful to Use Makeup to Cover Acne?," 9 Nov. 2018 Venom gives Eddie superhuman strength, healing powers, and conveniently takes over Eddie’s hands and legs to help him in fights. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 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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The first known use of heal was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of heal

: to become healthy or well again

: to make (someone or something) healthy or well again


\ˈhēl \
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 \

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 \ noun

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