Definition of health in English:

health

noun

mass noun
  • 1The state of being free from illness or injury.

    ‘he was restored to health’
    as modifier ‘a health risk’
    • ‘He is satisfied that there was no health risk from the clean-up of the first site.’
    • ‘The raven indicates serious illness, obstacles to health and a decline in the life force.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her concerns include possible health risks to children and the blight on her property.’
    • ‘Shops are putting customers' health at risk by selling food beyond its use-by date.’
    • ‘He was not given protective masks or clothing, or warned of the risk to his health.’
    • ‘They risk damaging their own health and can put a terrible strain on their families.’
    • ‘If it upsets people, that is a small price to pay when your child's health is at risk.’
    • ‘The site makes the list of shame for potential risk to public health and to the environment.’
    • ‘By threatening to spread diseases, the meat trade also risks health and safety.’
    • ‘The foremost risk to health with using this drug is that you never know what you are getting.’
    • ‘Environmental health manager Ken Jones said the risk to public health was increasing.’
    • ‘The next most serious and widespread health risk to humans comes from salmonella in pigs.’
    • ‘Council lawyers said they do not consider the pigeon feeding to be a risk to public health.’
    • ‘If cannabis was legalised then health risks would not be such a major issue!’
    • ‘The FSA has stressed there was no immediate risk to public health from the bottled water.’
    • ‘Take one step at a time and walk your way to health with a free, short walk led by a trained volunteer.’
    • ‘More and more people are piling on the pounds and putting their health at risk.’
    • ‘My health is at risk through stress and the mast has not even been erected yet.’
    • ‘I hear that they pose health risks to the local population at this time of year.’
    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’
      • ‘One of the functions of day services is to maintain people in good mental health and to prevent relapse.’
      • ‘Her concerns about contact do not appear to be irrational and relating to poor mental health.’
      • ‘Fortunately, regular exercise, eating well and maintaining good overall health can slow these changes.’
      • ‘Patrick du Val suffered from bad health as a child and was educated mostly by his mother.’
      • ‘Low levels of autonomy and low self esteem are likely to be related to worse health.’
      • ‘People who are excluded from work have worse health and a lower expectation of life.’
      • ‘My mental health began to deteriorate and by January I was in hospital after an overdose.’
      • ‘It may be that associated with ongoing stress her mental health has deteriorated.’
      • ‘No set qualifications are needed but applicants must be in good physical health.’
      • ‘People who are lower in the hierarchy tend to have worse health and shorter life expectancy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Association is a charitable organisation to promote good mental health and to assist the mentally ill.’
      • ‘Here's another thing that leads to bad health, depression and general low morale.’
      • ‘No matter what your age, you can increase your chances of early breast cancer detection by being vigilant about protecting your good health.’
      • ‘Patients with schizophrenia suffer from increased physical ill health and excess mortality.’
      • ‘Thereafter, in bad health, he took little part in military or civil affairs of state.’
      • ‘An innovative scheme to promote good mental health will be offered to Swindon residents next month.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.
      • ‘Here's to your good health and prosperity in the New Year!’
      • ‘Sahteen is the Arabic toast - ‘May your good health be twofold.’’
      • ‘Here's your good health, and your families' good health, and may you all live long and prosper.’
      • ‘After the requisite chilling and hearing that satisfying noise of the cork going ‘pop’ I shall certainly raise a glass to your good health.’
      • ‘I will toast to your good health then and I will do it now.’
      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/