health

noun, often attributive
\ ˈhelth 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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Clothing and shoes for all ages and household, health and beauty items will be available. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Church news," 13 July 2018 All 12 members of the Thai soccer team and their coach have been rescued and are in good health at a local hospital. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Daring Rescue that Saved the Thai Soccer Team," 10 July 2018 No gift certificates for dental-hygiene clinics or health farms. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, "Fraught, But It Counts," 4 July 2018 Kristy and her mother both struggled with health issues, and her mom passed away in 2015. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "These 3 Companies Help At-Risk Women and Are Changing the World," 2 July 2018 Located at 119 Fifth Avenue in the classic Flatiron district, New York Dermatology Group’s newly renovated health and wellness facility occupies a sprawling 7,000 square feet. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "A Wellness Destination in New York, Brought to You by NYDG," 29 June 2018 The extension of health-care benefits to about 700,000 low-income Ohioans is one of the proudest achievements of outgoing Gov. John Kasich. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 To meet their health-care costs, including out-of-pocket expenses, Salas’ father had to balance two jobs and work seven-day weeks. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 2018 Larry Merlo, chief executive officer of CVS, said the deal will integrate the work of doctors, pharmacists, other health care professionals and health benefits companies to establish a platform that is easier to use and less expensive for consumers. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Report: Justice Department Will Not Challenge $69 Billion CVS-Aetna Deal," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'health.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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More Definitions for health

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 \

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 \

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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