health

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

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

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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.
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The health effects run the gamut from addiction to severe respiratory illnesses. NBC News, "Vaping 101: What to know about e-cigs, addiction and illnesses," 17 Sep. 2019 Severino is one of a handful of players, including Betances and Stanton, who developed new health problems while under the Yankees’ rehabilitation care. James Wagner, New York Times, "Luis Severino Returns, but the Yankees’ Slew of Injuries Remains a Mystery," 17 Sep. 2019 Jeff Bender, a professor in the division of environmental health science at the University of Minnesota with extensive experience in epidemiology and outbreak investigation, said that McDonald’s assertion is correct. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Missed phone calls, changing stories: How E. coli spread at the San Diego County Fair," 17 Sep. 2019 But this is also a player who has talked about long-term health and retirement. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning Showing Their Mortality as Quarterbacks," 16 Sep. 2019 The funds from the bonds were used for fire prevention, health and safety improvements, renovating classrooms and other facilities updates, according to Tom Parillo, assistant superintendent of finance and operations. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Ridgewood High School anticipates $1.5 million savings by refinancing bonds," 16 Sep. 2019 Police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have arrested the former health minister, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, for allegedly mismanaging $4.3 million in Ebola response money. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Congo arrests former health minister for alleged misuse of Ebola funds," 16 Sep. 2019 That can make auto emissions an even more immediate health concern than toxins emitted high in the sky by industrial smokestacks. National Geographic, "The environmental impacts of cars, explained," 15 Sep. 2019 Aaron Motsoaledi, then the health minister but now in charge of home affairs, last year blamed overcrowded hospitals and the spread of infectious diseases on sick foreigners. The Economist, "Xenophobic violence flares in South Africa," 14 Sep. 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of health

: the condition of being well or free from disease
: the overall condition of someone's body or mind
: the condition or state of something

health

noun
\ 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.

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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