therapy

noun
ther·​a·​py | \ ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce therapy (audio) \
plural therapies

Definition of therapy

1 : therapeutic medical treatment of impairment, injury, disease, or disorder The number of new patients treated for end-stage renal disease … with dialysis or renal transplantation has continued to rise exponentially with an 8.4% annualized growth rate reaching more than 160,000 patients undergoing therapy in the United States in 1989.— Friedrich K. Port — see also art therapy, chelation therapy, chemotherapy, chemotherapy, gene therapy, hormone therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, shock therapy, speech therapy
2 : psychotherapy Furthermore, the psychotherapist knows that all actions in therapy are messages that need be decoded and understood regardless of the 'language' the patient uses.— Bruno Bettelheim and Alvin A. Rosenfeld

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Examples of therapy in a Sentence

He is undergoing cancer therapy. talking over my problem with you has been good therapy

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Of the 210 people who successfully completed therapy and service only 2 percent had new charges filed against them. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Diversion program targets low-level offenders," 29 Aug. 2019 Treatments includes physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "'Real Housewives' star Meghan King Edmonds says son is rocking his brain damage therapy," 27 Aug. 2019 La Jarvis was referred to Gannon, who traveled to Mississippi to meet him, and then began sending money for therapy and transportation to see a therapist. Michael Rezendes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Franciscan leader paid off Mississippi men in friar's sex abuse," 27 Aug. 2019 And before long, Gannon was sending him money for therapy and transportation to see a therapist. Washington Post, "In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases settled on cheap," 27 Aug. 2019 And before long, Gannon was sending him money for therapy and transportation to see a therapist. NBC News, "Catholic church settles sex abuse case with Southern black man," 27 Aug. 2019 Knatalye and Adeline, who turned 5 in April, have undergone various therapies, including speech and occupational therapy and have been home schooled up to now. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Formerly conjoined twins now 5 years-old, start attending Pre-K," 22 Aug. 2019 Video games positively contribute to society, from new medical therapies and advancements, educational tools, business innovation, and more. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Gamers and mass shooters: Do video games really make a person more aggressive?," 9 Aug. 2019 By going to therapy and practicing the act of being kind to ourselves Dr. Bradford believes that those feelings can be remedied over time. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Dr. Joy Harden Bradford On How Boundaries Protect Us From Toxic Relationships," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of therapy

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for therapy

New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia, from therapeuein

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The first known use of therapy was circa 1846

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therapy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of therapy

: the treatment of physical or mental illnesses

therapy

noun
ther·​a·​py | \ ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce therapy (audio) \
plural therapies

Kids Definition of therapy

: treatment of a disorder or injury of the body or mind

therapy

noun
ther·​a·​py | \ ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce therapy (audio) \
plural therapies

Medical Definition of therapy

: therapeutic treatment: as
a : remedial treatment of mental or bodily disorder
b : an agency (as treatment) designed or serving to bring about rehabilitation or social adjustment — see occupational therapy, recreational therapy

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