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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Recent Examples on the Web

Talk to a nurse about your general health or get your blood pressure or blood sugar checked. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 13 June 2019 The groups include regional universities, local health departments, domestic violence shelters and other quasi-governmental agencies. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "With time running out, Matt Bevin wants to know which lawmakers support his pension bill," 11 June 2019 The Canadian program would be under the auspices of the state Agency for Health Care Administration and would be focused on importing drugs for programs such as Medicaid, the Department of Corrections and county health departments. Christine Sexton, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida closer to getting cheaper prescription drugs from Canada — but it’s not a done deal," 11 June 2019 The health department said the restaurant remains closed amid ongoing investigations. Fox News, "Fluids from dead body leads to closure of Connecticut restaurant: report," 11 June 2019 Kirk Bol, manager of the state health department’s vital statistics program, said that from what the department has heard, much of the fentanyl coming into Colorado is illegally produced and distributed. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Colorado overdose deaths fall for first time since 2012," 10 June 2019 Planned Parenthood sued last week after the state health department said the license would expire last Friday unless seven physicians who have worked at its clinic submitted to interviews. Crystal Thomas, kansascity, "St. Louis judge quashes subpoenas of doctors in Planned Parenthood abortion case," 4 June 2019 Hawaii’s health department has released fresh warnings about a parasitic worm that can infest human brains after officials confirmed that three more visitors to the state picked up the infection. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains," 30 May 2019 Because it's essentially rendered pig fat in its purest form, it's understandably raised some concerns in the health department. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Where to Buy Lard and How to Use It," 23 May 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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