healthy

adjective
\ ˈhel-thē How to pronounce healthy (audio) also ˈhelt- \
healthier; healthiest

Definition of healthy

1a : enjoying good health healthy children tips for staying healthy : free from disease Damping off rots healthy seedlings at soil level, breaking the heart of the gardener as surely as it breaks tender stems.— Leslie Land A person with heart disease will not be able to tolerate the same doses and drugs as a person with a healthy heart.— Sallie Tisdale
b : not displaying clinical signs of disease or infection A patient with HIV may be healthy for several years before developing either the cluster of symptoms identified as AIDS or any of the bacterial, viral, fungal or protozoal infections known as AIDS Related Complex …— Al Veerhoff
2 : beneficial to one's physical, mental, or emotional state : conducive to or associated with good health or reduced risk of disease healthy foods a healthy lifestyle … walk three miles every day … a beastly bore, but healthy.— G. S. Patton Generally, a BMI of 19 to 25 indicates a healthy weight.Mayo Clinic Health Letter
3 : showing physical, mental, or emotional well-being : evincing good health a healthy complexion has a healthy appetite The best thing about a good sense of humor, of course, is that it's a sure sign that you have a healthy attitude—always a refreshing check in the plus column.Glamour
4a : prosperous, flourishing a healthy economy
b : not small or feeble : considerable a healthy sum of money

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Other Words from healthy

healthily \ ˈhel-​thə-​lē How to pronounce healthily (audio) \ adverb
eat healthily
healthiness \ ˈhel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce healthiness (audio) \ noun
Much has been made in recent years of the healthiness of the Mediterranean diet, with its emphasis on fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil. — R. W. Apple Jr.

Choose the Right Synonym for healthy

healthy, sound, wholesome, robust, hale, well mean enjoying or indicative of good health. healthy implies full strength and vigor as well as freedom from signs of disease. a healthy family sound emphasizes the absence of disease, weakness, or malfunction. a sound heart wholesome implies appearance and behavior indicating soundness and balance. a face with a wholesome glow robust implies the opposite of all that is delicate or sickly. a lively, robust little boy hale applies particularly to robustness in old age. still hale at the age of eighty well implies merely freedom from disease or illness. she has never been a well person

Examples of healthy in a Sentence

The company is financially healthy. always a hard worker, Grandma has remained healthy into her 80s
Recent Examples on the Web For the length of her gestation, the mother balances on a tightrope, diverting resources to a foreign being while keeping herself healthy. Quanta Magazine, "Egg Laying or Live Birth: How Evolution Chooses," 18 May 2020 Here's to taking some time out of these stressful days to listen to some great music and honor the millions of men and women so devoted to keeping everyone healthy and safe. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Opry Announces Memorial Day Weekend Special to Honor the Military and Essential Workers Fighting Coronavirus," 15 May 2020 Any aquaculture operation requires some amount of water exchange to keep the system healthy, but the small amount of the freshwater discharged from a prawn farm each day can be used to irrigate crops. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "Can gender-bending Israeli superprawns help feed the world?," 10 May 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that people build exercise into their routines during the outbreak to keep physically and mentally healthy. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "What are the current restrictions in the DMV?," 8 May 2020 The decisions that are driven by revenue are fundamentally different from those driven by a public system that keeps people healthy. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Underfunded public health schools say a lot about the US response to Covid-19," 7 May 2020 The employees are young, healthy and in extraordinarily good shape. Andrew Beaton And Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Best Coaches May Also Have the Highest Coronavirus Risk," 5 May 2020 For those of us who are lucky enough to be healthy and employed, with few concerns except staving off a prevailing sense of dread, all this cooking is not without its own magic. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Cooking While the World Falls Apart," 30 Apr. 2020 Many couples seeking infertility treatments are perfectly healthy, and temporarily withholding fertility services will not change that. Arthur Caplan, STAT, "Are infertility treatments ‘essential’? How to ethically determine what kind of care must go on amid Covid-19," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of healthy

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for healthy

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“Healthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/healthy. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for healthy

healthy

adjective
How to pronounce healthy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of healthy

: having good health : not sick or injured
: showing good health
: good for your health

healthy

adjective
\ ˈhel-thē How to pronounce healthy (audio) \
healthier; healthiest

Kids Definition of healthy

1 : being sound and well : not sick
2 : showing good health a healthy complexion
3 : aiding or building up health healthy exercise
4 : rather large in extent or amount They made a healthy profit.

Other Words from healthy

healthily \ -​thə-​lē \ adverb living healthily

healthy

adjective
\ ˈhel-thē How to pronounce healthy (audio) \
healthier; healthiest

Medical Definition of healthy

1 : enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit
2 : revealing a state of health a healthy complexion
3 : conducive to health

Other Words from healthy

healthily \ -​thə-​lē How to pronounce healthily (audio) \ adverb
healthiness \ -​thē-​nəs How to pronounce healthiness (audio) \ noun

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