Heal Definition

healed, heals
healed, heals
To make sound, well, or healthy again; restore to health.
Heal the sick.
Webster's New World
To become well or healthy again; be cured.
Webster's New World
To ease or relieve (emotional distress).
Only time can heal her grief.
American Heritage
To cure or get rid of (a disease)
Webster's New World
To become closed or scarred.
Webster's New World

(obsolete) Health.


Origin of Heal

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English healen from Old English hǣlan kailo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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