\ 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.

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 on the Web After slowly starting to heal from the devastation of the virus outbreak, there was a euphoric runup in stock, crypto and real estate prices. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 26 June 2022 This war has been a personal tragedy that will be impossible to heal from. Stella Kalinina, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 If a corncob gets stuck in your dog's digestive system, the treatment is surgery to remove it, which can take several weeks to fully heal from, Wismer said. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 22 May 2022 Today, Gardner said, her community needs to take time to process and heal from the trauma. Nolan D. Mccaskill, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2022 Nez would like to see the department develop plans for helping Native families heal from the intergenerational trauma that is the legacy of the schools, along with a more comprehensive report exploring the experiences of each tribal nation. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 In many cultures, drinking flowers is said to heal the body from the inside out. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Here’s a look at the key people who will be reporting on this next momentous step as our community tries to heal from incomprehensible tragedy. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Apr. 2022 Chicanos Por La Causa, Phoenix, $25,000 Provides 200 children residing in a domestic violence shelter with help to heal from the negative consequences of exposure to domestic violence. Haleigh Kochanski, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Heal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heal. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for heal


\ 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


transitive verb
\ 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 heal (audio) \ noun

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