health

noun

ˈhelth How to pronounce health (audio)
 also  ˈheltth
often attributive
1
a
: 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
2
a
: a condition in which someone or something is thriving or doing well : well-being
defending the health of the beloved oceansPeter Wilkinson
b
: general condition or state
poor economic health
3
: a toast to someone's health or prosperity

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Deborah Arnott, chief executive of British health charity ASH, said that smoking costs public finances nearly double tobacco tax revenues. Reuters, NBC News, 28 Nov. 2023 Chinese health officials are also insisting the surge in respiratory illnesses is caused by the flu and known pathogens. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 28 Nov. 2023 On Sunday, China's health ministry also urged local authorities to increase the number of fever clinics. Youri Benadjaoud, ABC News, 27 Nov. 2023 Officials say bird flu doesn’t represent a significant health threat. Josh Funk, Fortune Well, 27 Nov. 2023 The main source of my tireless efforts to combat the mounting toll on our financial health can be summed up in two words: Costco chicken. Irv Erdos, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 What to Buy Fueled by the island’s bountiful natural resources, a thriving local makers scene flourishes on Vancouver Island, allowing visitors to take some of the island—and its health and wellness benefits—home. Zoe Baillargeon, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023 Reducing global emissions is essential in increasing health benefits, the department said. Li Cohen, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2023 Don’t stress just yet: In most cases, these one-off mutations won’t have any effect on your health. Julia Ries, SELF, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlth, from hāl

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Health.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/health. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

health

noun
1
a
: the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit
especially : freedom from disease
b
: the overall condition of the body
in poor health
2
: flourishing condition
3
: a toast to someone's health or success
drink a health
Etymology

Old English hǣlth "health," from hāl "healthy" — related to hale entry 1

Medical Definition

health

noun
often attributive
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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