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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Abby Suszek had quite the journey, battling anxiety and health to win the state championship in the 400-meter dash at the OHSAA Division III state meet on Saturday. Kayla Harvey, cleveland, 6 June 2021 Using health records of pregnancies at their hospital, University of Michigan researchers predict that births will begin surging this summer to a rate higher than before the pandemic. Graison Dangor, Forbes, 5 June 2021 The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County issued a health advisory warning people of possible respiratory problems from red ride in lower and middle Tampa Bay., 5 June 2021 Meanwhile the government released a report that claims that nearly 31 million Americans — a record — now have health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar And Aamer Madhani,, 5 June 2021 The festival focuses on bringing the Black family together by way of events centered around community, health, family, and education. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2021 The broad effort reaches across the nation’s diverse health care system, bringing together consumer groups with health insurers, state Medicaid officials, physician organizations and telehealth vendors. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 He’ll be fed the same food, have playtime every day and get regular exercise and health checks., 5 June 2021 Chemotherapy patients had their treatments delayed, and were sent to other health centers where some had to recreate their medical history. Washington Post, 5 June 2021

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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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The first known use of health was before the 12th century

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8 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Health.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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


\ 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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