health

noun, often attributive
\ˈhelth 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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Enter under a multi-limbed Banyan tree, where a grand apothecary is stacked with local botanicals for health, beauty, and culinary use. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Puerto Rico's Dorado Beach Is a Bit of Bali, Three Hours from Home," 12 Nov. 2018 Breyer, who has been in better health but as a man has a lower life expectancy, will be 86 and 90, respectively. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Senate is a huge problem for Democrats," 8 Nov. 2018 Alicia Silverstone, a dedicated activist in the health and wellness space, will discuss her personal sustainability journey, including co-creating the mykind Organics vitamin line, which is the first ever food-based, organic, non-GMO vegan vitamin. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Here's everything you need to know about the 2018 Raise the Green Bar Sustainability Summit.," 16 Oct. 2018 All three have used physics to have significant contributions to human health. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "2018 Physics Nobel Goes to a Trio of Laser Experts," 2 Oct. 2018 In each issue of Country Living's print magazine, animal expert Dr. Tricia Earley answers questions about pet safety, health, and happiness in Ask a Country Vet. Shelby Deering, Country Living, "Ask a Country Vet: How Can I Keep My Sporting Dog Healthy and Happy?," 11 Sep. 2018 Christina Animashaun/Vox Anti-vaccine advocates have swayed parents in New York to refuse immunizations for their kids, sparking two of the largest measles outbreaks in the state’s recent history, according to local health officials. Julia Belluz, Vox, "New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.," 9 Nov. 2018 In a statement, federal health officials said the final set of exemptions fulfill a directive from President Trump to root out government rules that infringe on religious freedom. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "HHS to Let Some Employers Opt Out of Birth-Control Mandate," 7 Nov. 2018 Between January 2016 and February 2018, health officials kept an eye on 118 specific cases in 18 states. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Drugged puppies blamed for spreading diarrhea superbugs in multi-state outbreak," 21 Sep. 2018

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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The first known use of health was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for health

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 \

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 \

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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