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 Research has increasingly shown that many students are struggling with distance learning, their academic, mental, emotional and physical health at risk. Jill Tucker,, "Moving California teachers to the front of the vaccine line might not be enough to reopen schools," 7 Jan. 2021 On Tuesday, the rap artist and hip-hop producer posted on Instagram to thank people for their get well wishes, share an update on his health, and sound a note of hearty appreciation for the health care workers taking care of him. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Dr. Dre Hospitalized But ‘Doing Great’ After a Brain Aneurysm," 6 Jan. 2021 Following a day of conflicting information about the status of her health, Tanya Roberts has died at the age of 65. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "Tanya Roberts, Bond Girl and That ’70s Show Star, Has Died," 5 Jan. 2021 However, mind-wandering can go awry, and this can be bad for your health. The Conversation, oregonlive, "Children and teens can benefit from mindfulness training, studies indicate," 5 Jan. 2021 Talking about our health and whole lives can create a foundation for something which will last past these moments of crisis that come with high stakes elections. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Election in Georgia Is About Reproductive Justice," 5 Jan. 2021 In May 2019, Harris started taking charge of her mental and physical health. Sam Gillette,, "Rachael Harris on Surrogacy, Single Parenting and Becoming 'Strong' as Divorce Is Finalized," 5 Jan. 2021 Most vulnerable to scams are elderly people who may not be computer savvy and are more likely to have greater concerns about their health and ability to get vaccinated, Merrill said. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "FBI warns of COVID-related fraud schemes as vaccines distributed across the country," 5 Jan. 2021 When medical and other frontline workers risked their own health to support entire communities, the world watched the everyday impact of lives dedicated to service. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "10 things we learned in 2020 about living the good life," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Health.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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