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Syllabification: heal
Pronunciation: /hēl

Definition of heal in English:


[with object]
1(Of a person or treatment) cause (a wound, injury, or person) to become sound or healthy again: his concern is to heal sick people
More example sentences
  • But when I was bitten, while picking some herbs to heal a sick friend, they made me one of their Elders.
  • Although he does not prescribe medicines, he plays a significant and positive role in healing sick people.
  • Pulses of ultrasound are also sometimes used as a treatment for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and to heal fractures and wounds.
make better, make well, cure, treat, restore to health
tonic, restorative, health-giving, healthful, beneficial
1.1 [no object] Become sound or healthy again: he would have to wait until his knee had healed
More example sentences
  • He could return if he takes the veterans' minimum deal, his troublesome knee heals and there is a need after the club explores other options.
  • And it has nothing to do with how the little tear in his knee heals.
  • You can make yourself more balanced and well-rounded by dabbling in these other areas while your knee heals.
get better, get well, be cured, recover, mend, improve
1.2Alleviate (a person’s distress or anguish): time can heal the pain of grief
More example sentences
  • Of course, his wife will also be pregnant because that obviously will heal the psychological torment and guilt John feels over the loss of his son.
  • Thirdly, we should do what will go a long way to heal the agony of the Hindus.
  • From now until I die, I will be nothing more to my pride than a means to heal pain and agony.
1.3Correct or put right (an undesirable situation): the rift between them was never really healed
More example sentences
  • I think a number of us are really encouraged to go back and really work with the people, and help to heal the situation.
  • But Foot was seen as a conciliator, who would heal divisions in the party.
  • Would a Truth and Reconciliation Commission help to heal the racial divide in Bermuda?
put right, set right, repair, remedy, resolve, correct, settle;
conciliate, reconcile, harmonize
informal patch up


Old English hǣlan (in the sense 'restore to sound health'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heelen and German heilen, also to whole.



Example sentences
  • Nearly an hour later, Mother had bound up his cut and pronounced it healable.
  • Aren't we looking at divisions that are simply not healable because a bunch of people go to the polls?
  • This case of epilepsy is healable in almost all cases by my healing method.


Example sentences
  • I have suffered from depression for a long time and have consulted everyone from spiritual healers to vicars and GPs.
  • Bulgaria has a large number of very gifted healers, specialising in different areas.
  • As a yoga teacher and healer I wished to expand my range of therapies and became interested in holistic massage.

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