noun, often attributive
\ ˈhelth How to pronounce health (audio) 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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Recent Examples on the Web Still, the universities' financial health — and the state's — will require more robust enrollment in higher education, Penley said. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona universities' enrollment increases, bucking nationwide trends," 21 Nov. 2020 And the symptoms of people with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder can worsen as they are overwhelmed by health, financial and political concerns. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The COVID-19 pandemic may be deepening Milwaukee County's mental health crisis but providers see a glimmer of hope," 21 Nov. 2020 Some public-health professionals fear that people will change their behaviour on falsely receiving the all-clear, possibly even increasing transmission of the virus. The Economist, "Scouse lessons Liverpool’s mass-testing shows promise, but must reach more people," 21 Nov. 2020 Perhaps the greatest failing of the American media this year has been a widespread neglect to put Covid risks in the context of other risks to human health—including risks created by the myopic focus on Covid. James Freeman, WSJ, "Covid Out of Context," 20 Nov. 2020 Observing current social guidelines and restrictions, HHC Center for Healthy Aging is continuing to provide pertinent health information through virtual platforms., "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 20 Nov. 2020 Beth Paterniti has been named deputy health officer at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando Health breaks ground on Jewett Orthopedic Hospital," 20 Nov. 2020 Airline stocks—including Delta Airlines United and Southwest Airlines—were all trading lower in the pre-market on Friday after the CDC issued a health advisory warning yesterday, saying please don't travel for Thanksgiving this year. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The great disconnect: Big cash is surging into the markets, and yet COVID is socking stocks," 20 Nov. 2020 That’s still likely an undercount of the gap, said Katy Kozhimannil, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota and director of its rural health research center. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "New research finds dramatic growth in suicidal thoughts and self-harm during and after pregnancy," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Health.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce health (audio)

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


\ 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.


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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