Definition of health in English:

health

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The state of being free from illness or injury:

    ‘he was restored to health’
    [as modifier] ‘a health risk’
    • ‘The raven indicates serious illness, obstacles to health and a decline in the life force.’
    • ‘They risk damaging their own health and can put a terrible strain on their families.’
    • ‘More and more people are piling on the pounds and putting their health at risk.’
    • ‘If it upsets people, that is a small price to pay when your child's health is at risk.’
    • ‘Take one step at a time and walk your way to health with a free, short walk led by a trained volunteer.’
    • ‘The FSA has stressed there was no immediate risk to public health from the bottled water.’
    • ‘Your children's health is at risk if you are often to be found lying on the sofa with a bottle of beer and a packet of crisps.’
    • ‘My health is at risk through stress and the mast has not even been erected yet.’
    • ‘The next most serious and widespread health risk to humans comes from salmonella in pigs.’
    • ‘He is satisfied that there was no health risk from the clean-up of the first site.’
    • ‘Shops are putting customers' health at risk by selling food beyond its use-by date.’
    • ‘Council lawyers said they do not consider the pigeon feeding to be a risk to public health.’
    • ‘The site makes the list of shame for potential risk to public health and to the environment.’
    • ‘Her concerns include possible health risks to children and the blight on her property.’
    • ‘By threatening to spread diseases, the meat trade also risks health and safety.’
    • ‘I hear that they pose health risks to the local population at this time of year.’
    • ‘Environmental health manager Ken Jones said the risk to public health was increasing.’
    • ‘The foremost risk to health with using this drug is that you never know what you are getting.’
    • ‘If cannabis was legalised then health risks would not be such a major issue!’
    • ‘He was not given protective masks or clothing, or warned of the risk to his health.’
    good physical condition, healthiness, fitness, physical fitness, well-being, haleness, good trim, good shape, fine fettle, good kilter
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    1. 1.1 A person's mental or physical condition:
      ‘bad health forced him to retire’
      figurative ‘a standard for measuring the financial health of a company’
      • ‘People who are excluded from work have worse health and a lower expectation of life.’
      • ‘Thereafter, in bad health, he took little part in military or civil affairs of state.’
      • ‘At the start of this journey, his health was bad, yes, but that was nothing compared to now.’
      • ‘Bodies speak their distress in physical ill health, mental distress, and self-destructive behaviour.’
      • ‘My mental health began to deteriorate and by January I was in hospital after an overdose.’
      • ‘Fortunately, regular exercise, eating well and maintaining good overall health can slow these changes.’
      • ‘An innovative scheme to promote good mental health will be offered to Swindon residents next month.’
      • ‘No set qualifications are needed but applicants must be in good physical health.’
      • ‘One of the functions of day services is to maintain people in good mental health and to prevent relapse.’
      • ‘People who are lower in the hierarchy tend to have worse health and shorter life expectancy.’
      • ‘Here's another thing that leads to bad health, depression and general low morale.’
      • ‘The Association is a charitable organisation to promote good mental health and to assist the mentally ill.’
      • ‘It may be that associated with ongoing stress her mental health has deteriorated.’
      • ‘Low levels of autonomy and low self esteem are likely to be related to worse health.’
      • ‘But the bug proved resistant to antibiotics and the patient's health deteriorated rapidly.’
      • ‘There are unacceptable geographical inequities in the levels of sexual ill health and service provision.’
      • ‘Her concerns about contact do not appear to be irrational and relating to poor mental health.’
      • ‘Patrick du Val suffered from bad health as a child and was educated mostly by his mother.’
      • ‘Patients with schizophrenia suffer from increased physical ill health and excess mortality.’
      • ‘No matter what your age, you can increase your chances of early breast cancer detection by being vigilant about protecting your good health.’
      state of health, physical state, physical health, physical shape, condition, constitution, form
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    2. 1.2your health" or "your good health Used to express friendly feelings towards one's companions before drinking.
      • ‘Sahteen is the Arabic toast - ‘May your good health be twofold.’’
      • ‘I will toast to your good health then and I will do it now.’
      • ‘Here's to your good health and prosperity in the New Year!’
      • ‘After the requisite chilling and hearing that satisfying noise of the cork going ‘pop’ I shall certainly raise a glass to your good health.’
      • ‘Here's your good health, and your families' good health, and may you all live long and prosper.’
      here's to you, good health, your health, here's health, skol, good luck
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Origin

Old English hǣlth, of Germanic origin; related to whole.

Pronunciation:

health

/hɛlθ/