health

noun, often attributive
\ ˈhelth also ˈheltth How to pronounce health (audio) \

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

In already fragile health ecosystems, these efforts to ban abortions could cost women their lives. Lauren Rankin, Teen Vogue, "Alabama's Abortion Ban Is Dangerous, and it May Even Be Deadly," 16 May 2019 However, it is believed that Schumacher himself will not be seen on camera, and his accident and subsequent state of health reportedly will not be depicted in the film. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Trailer for Documentary about Formula 1 Legend Michael Schumacher to Show at Cannes," 13 May 2019 Abby Lee Miller is not about to let her health hold her back. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Here's Why Abby Lee Miller Is In a Wheelchair," 11 May 2019 What is often not considered is the impact of shower water from a health and beauty perspective. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Could a Shower Filter Be the Missing Component to Your Wellness Routine?," 1 May 2019 Serious negative health consequences come with food deserts. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 Also, keeping track of your pup's health status and potential issues could save you tons of money and hospital visits in the future with the information the tests provide. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Dog DNA Tests Are Selling Fast on Amazon—Here’s How They Can Help Your Pup," 26 Apr. 2019 The Police Commissioner is then forced to consider revamping the NYPD's health exam. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Reveals Jamie Is Not Happy With Eddie for the Strangest Reason," 5 Apr. 2019 Monitor Windows’ health with a new dashboard Microsoft clearly hopes that the May 2019 Update proceeds smoothly. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in late May, giving you power over updates," 4 Apr. 2019

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.

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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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health

noun

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

health

noun
\ 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.

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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