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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The patient, who was not identified because of privacy concerns, is isolated and health officials are working to check on close contacts. Madison Smalstig, The Indianapolis Star, 19 June 2022 The companies and health officials alike said that trading off between testing and vaccines was dangerous, especially for a virus that is contagious even before or without symptoms. Akila Muthukumar, STAT, 18 June 2022 Public health officials track them in times of crisis like a pandemic to check for additional mortality not included in official counts as well as from other less direct causes. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2022 All three of the state’s cases are unreleated, health officials say. Helena Oliviero, ajc, 17 June 2022 Connecticut health officials are poised to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to the last remaining age group that has been unable to get it: children ages 6 months to 4 years old. Jenna Carlesso, Hartford Courant, 17 June 2022 Julie Washington reports state health officials are not disclosing additional information, such as the patient’s vaccination status. cleveland, 17 June 2022 Already, California health officials are positioning themselves to begin doling out doses as soon as possible. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 Thai health officials said Friday 1,967 new cases and 19 deaths related to COVID-19 were confirmed in the previous 24 hours. USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for health


\ 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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