heal

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verb \ˈhēl\

Definition of heal

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 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

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

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become free from injury or disease :  to return to a sound state The cut has already healed.

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.

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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

heal

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verb

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

play
verb \ˈhēl\

Definition of heal for Students

healed

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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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