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 And lost benefits in turn will reduce consumer spending and hurt the economy while putting the health and homes of families at risk. Richard Mcgahey, Forbes, "To Provide Unemployment Benefits And Other Needed Aid, Washington Must Pass Biden’s Relief Bill," 1 Mar. 2021 Treating perinatal depression is important for the health of both the pregnant person and their baby, according to the NIMH. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Shay Mitchell Says Prenatal Depression Makes Her 'Nervous' to Have a Second Child," 1 Mar. 2021 Tens of thousands of acres of seagrass that is critical to the health of the Indian River Lagoon have disappeared., "Disappearing seagrass hurting beloved manatees in Florida," 1 Mar. 2021 Estimating the health of a nation’s fish stock is a murky science. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, "Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?," 1 Mar. 2021 The hardiness of the plant, how much the plant was growing, how open or protected the site was, the health of the plant, etc. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Winter Damage," 1 Mar. 2021 The toll of the Texas blackouts on the state’s energy industry is coming into focus, calling the financial health of some power retailers into question. WSJ, "Pro Bankruptcy Briefing: AMC’s Unlikely Online Allies; Texas Blackouts Stress Power Retailers; Insurers Can’t Dodge Covering Sycamore’s $120 Million Bankruptcy Deal," 1 Mar. 2021 Instead of a public that prioritizes the health and safety of others and values the efforts of its essential workers, American consumers have given into convenience and comfort at their expense. Miguel De Leon, Bon Appétit, "Restaurant Workers Should Be Prioritized for the Vaccine. Why Aren’t We?," 1 Mar. 2021 Though ocean breezes and gourmet juices may seem like less-than-quantifiable factors, there is a case to be made for their correlation to health and avoidance of COVID-19. Los Angeles Times, "These parts of L.A. barely felt the winter coronavirus surge. Here is why they were spared," 28 Feb. 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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4 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Health.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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