health

play
noun, often attributive \ˈhelth also ˈheltth\

Definition of health

  1. 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 healthb :  the general condition of the body How is your mother's health? in poor health enjoys good health

  2. 2a :  a condition in which someone or something is thriving or doing well :  well-being defending the health of the beloved oceans — Peter Wilkinsonb :  general condition or state poor economic health

  3. 3 :  a toast to someone's health or prosperity

Examples of health in a Sentence

  1. We nursed him back to health.

  2. He's in good health these days.

  3. He has continued to enjoy good health in his old age.

  4. Smoking is bad for your health.

  5. He is concerned about his sister's mental health.

  6. We must protect the health of our oceans.

  7. The economy is in a period of robust financial health.

  8. Investors are worried about the company's health.

Recent Examples of health from the Web

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.

Origin and Etymology of health

Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlth, from hāl


First Known Use: before 12th century



HEALTH Defined for English Language Learners

health

play
noun

Definition of health for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

health

play
noun \ˈhelth\

Definition of health for Students

  1. 1 :  the condition of being free from illness or disease

  2. 2 :  the overall condition of the body He is in good health.


Medical Dictionary

health

play
noun , often attributive \ˈhelth\

Medical Definition of health

  1. 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. 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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up health? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!