noun, often attributive
\ ˈhelth How to pronounce health (audio) also ˈheltth \

Definition of health

1a : the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit She is the picture of health. especially : freedom from physical disease or pain nursed them back to health
b : the general condition of the body How is your mother's health? in poor health enjoys good health
2a : a condition in which someone or something is thriving or doing well : well-being defending the health of the beloved oceans— Peter Wilkinson
b : general condition or state poor economic health
3 : a toast to someone's health or prosperity

Examples of health in a Sentence

We nursed him back to health. He's in good health these days. He has continued to enjoy good health in his old age. Smoking is bad for your health. He is concerned about his sister's mental health. We must protect the health of our oceans. The economy is in a period of robust financial health. Investors are worried about the company's health. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The number of layoffs reported in June remained constant, despite growing media reports of job losses in the tech, advertising and health-care sectors. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Further, technology can offer opportunities for our communities to begin addressing social determinants of health. Rob Cohen, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Latina Veronica Garza is the founder behind the health-conscious Mexican-American food brand. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2022 But in a humid, 4:30 p.m. opener two time zones away, BYU will need to be at its best health-wise. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 The ripple effects of the Covid-19 pandemic’s influence on nearly every aspect of health in America are becoming clear. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 31 July 2022 The pilot is part of MassHealth’s Flexible Services program to address social determinants of health. Collin Robisheaux,, 29 July 2022 He was limited during offseason activities while rehabilitating, but Staley said James should be a full-go health-wise once his contract situation is cleared up. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 In one infamous example, Beijing ordered provincial leaders to curb the water pollution that was then imperiling the nation’s health. New York Times, 26 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of health

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for health

Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlth, from hāl

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“Health.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for health


\ ˈhelth How to pronounce health (audio) \

Kids Definition of health

1 : the condition of being free from illness or disease
2 : the overall condition of the body He is in good health.


noun, often attributive
\ ˈhelth How to pronounce health (audio) \

Medical Definition of health

1 : the condition of an organism or one of its parts in which it performs its vital functions normally or properly : the state of being sound in body or mind dental health mental health especially : freedom from physical disease and pain nursed him back to health — compare disease
2 : the condition of an organism with respect to the performance of its vital functions especially as evaluated subjectively or nonprofessionally how is your health today

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