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 healthb : 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 Wilkinsonb : 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.
Recent Examples of health from the Web
President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to let the health law fail as a way of building political leverage.
FILE - In this June 22, 2017, file photo Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives for a Senate Republican meeting on a health reform bill on Capitol Hill in Washington.
As a result, the number of OB/GYNs in the U.S. will likely soon decline, and those remaining may struggle to keep up with demands for women’s health care.
Although Trader Joe's doesn't label itself as a health food store, none of its private-label products have hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, preservatives, synthetic colors or GMOs.
The massive data set may have helped people avoid diabetes and other health issues, the researchers suggest.
Other research has already shown that a dad's age can affect his child's health.
For instance, the policy states, inmates will not be cited for any violations that occur as a result of them being placed in mental health restraints.
The Texas senator argues that the proposal would help drive down premiums and offer Americans greater freedom in choosing their health-insurance policies.
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Origin and Etymology of health
Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlth, from hāl
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
HEALTH Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of health for Students
1 : the condition of being free from illness or disease
2 : the overall condition of the body He is in good health.
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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