Definition of therapy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈθɛrəpi/

noun (plural therapies)

[mass noun]
1Treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder: a course of antibiotic therapy [count noun]: cancer therapies
More example sentences
  • These medical therapies are aimed at reducing the viral load and hence induce early remission.
  • Genomics is promoting a tremendous interest in novel therapies of which gene therapies will be only a minority.
  • Many health and fitness salons provide hair salons, beauty treatments and massage therapies.
treatment, remedy, cure, remedial treatment, method of healing
1.1The treatment of mental or psychological disorders by psychological means: he is currently in therapy [as modifier]: therapy sessions
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  • You know it was bad enough in therapy having to relive my childhood but this is so much worse.
  • Relate offers both a diploma and a Masters in couples therapy, as well as a diploma in psychosexual therapy.
  • The evidence concerns a kind of psychological therapy known as debriefing.
psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analysis


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia 'healing', from therapeuein 'minister to, treat medically'.

Words that rhyme with therapy

aromatherapy, chemotherapy, hypnotherapy, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, radiotherapy

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