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 Carter, 95, has overcome several health challenges in recent years., "Jimmy Carter out of hospital after treatment for brain bleed - The Boston Globe," 28 Nov. 2019 An illness that swept through a Linn County school district and closed schools for the entire week of Thanksgiving was determined to be norovirus, according to state health officials. oregonlive, "Illness outbreak that closed Albany schools determined to be norovirus, district says," 28 Nov. 2019 Underage vaping has reached what health officials call epidemic levels. Matthew Perrone,, "DC joins lawsuits against Juul," 26 Nov. 2019 As the worms age, modulation of daf-2 and daf-16 then influences their health and longevity. Quanta Magazine, "Longevity Linked to Proteins That Calm Overexcited Neurons," 26 Nov. 2019 Banks know their customers more intimately than most institutions given their access to customer information, from your home address to your spending habits to your financial health. Antony Jenkins, Quartz, "The demise of the traditional banking model is actually good news for all of us," 26 Nov. 2019 On Monday evening, the Greater Albany district said on Facebook that after consulting with state and county health officials — and noting a jump in absences in their other schools — that all schools would close and reopen December 2. CBS News, "Stomach virus shutters entire Oregon school district," 25 Nov. 2019 Still, with Truvada and other antiretrovirals, most of them take their health for granted; the past is, if not buried, at least contained. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "“The Inheritance” Is a Tribute to E. M. Forster and an Audacious Work of Its Own," 25 Nov. 2019 Federal health officials are warning people to avoid some foods due to a series of issues -- from E. coli to lack of inspection. Faith Karimi, CNN, "If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, check your pantry and fridge for these recalled foods," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Health.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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easily led, controlled, or managed

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