- An example of heal is an acupuncturist taking away a person's migraines.
- An example of heal is a broken bone growing back together.
- An example of heal is a person becoming happy again after a break up.
- to make sound, well, or healthy again; restore to health: heal the sick
- to cure or get rid of (a disease)
- to cause (a wound, sore, etc.) to become closed or scarred so as to restore a healthy condition
- to free from grief, troubles, evil, etc.
- to remedy or get rid of (grief, troubles, etc.)
- to make up (a breach, differences, etc.); reconcile
Origin of healMiddle English helen from Old English hælan (akin to German heilen) from base of hal, sound, healthy: see hale, whole
- to become well or healthy again; be cured
- to become closed or scarred: said of a wound
verbhealed, heal·ing, heals
- a. To restore to health or soundness; cure: healed the sick patient.b. To ease or relieve (emotional distress): Only time can heal her grief.
- To set right; repair: healed the rift between us.
- a. To recover from an illness or injury; return to health.b. To experience relief from emotional distress: gave the grieving family time to heal.
- To be relieved or eliminated: The rift between them finally healed.
Origin of healMiddle English healen from Old English hǣlan ; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present heals, present participle healing, simple past hole or healed, past participle holen or healed)
From Middle English helen, hilen, from Old English helan (“to conceal, cover, hide”), from Proto-Germanic *helaną (“to hide, stash”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (“to hide, conceal”). Cognate with Scots heal (“to cover, hide, conceal, keep secret”), Dutch helen (“to conceal”), German hehlen (“to conceal”), Latin cēlō (“conceal”). Related to hole, hull.
(third-person singular simple present heals, present participle healing, simple past and past participle healed)
- (obsolete) health
From Middle English helen, from Old English hǣlan (“to heal, cure, save, greet, salute”), from Proto-Germanic *hailijaną (“to heal, make whole, save”), from Proto-Indo-European *koil- (“safe, unharmed”). Cognate with Scots hale, hail (“to heal”), Eastern Frisian heila, heilen (“to heal”), West Frisian hielje, Dutch helen (“to heal”), German heilen (“to heal”), Danish hele, Swedish hela (“to heal”). More at whole.