Definition of healthy in English:



  • 1In a good physical or mental condition; in good health.

    ‘I feel fit and healthy’
    figurative ‘the family is the basis of any healthy society’
    • ‘He said that the relocation was aimed at building healthy business conditions, so that there would no longer be vendors selling their goods on the road.’
    • ‘She was young and in spite of her mental illness was very healthy.’
    • ‘New houses are in hot demand, and older properties are in hot pursuit and it's a very healthy condition for sellers and buyers at the present time.’
    • ‘Its excellence is a vivid demonstration of the healthy condition of the Folklore Society, and the remarkable progress of the discipline in England.’
    • ‘As the foundation of a healthy and creative society, it benefits all of us with the richness and power of human communication.’
    • ‘And even in healthy people, the condition can be painful.’
    • ‘Nowadays, music is both applied for patients with mental disorders and healthy people.’
    • ‘In a healthy person, physical fitness will set the level when breathlessness is experienced.’
    • ‘We don't know if taking sage will enhance mental functioning in healthy people.’
    • ‘People with schizophrenia are less likely than healthy controls to report physical symptoms spontaneously.’
    • ‘She said all her dogs were in good, healthy condition.’
    • ‘Physical examination showed a healthy man in no apparent distress.’
    • ‘The right of children to play enhances their healthy physical and psychological development and builds stronger communities.’
    • ‘Separated from the real world, Canada's 13,000 prisoners have to work hard to stay physically and mentally healthy.’
    • ‘An ambulance crew - who named the baby Beau - was flagged down and they took him to nearby Chase Farm Hospital where his condition was described as healthy.’
    • ‘After a long battle against the condition, the previously healthy young man died in York Hospital.’
    • ‘Patients with concerns or vague complaints who would consider themselves healthy schedule physicals.’
    • ‘Physical examination showed a healthy, obese child.’
    • ‘Each year the company makes contributions to charities and community organisations which underline their dedication to developing a healthy, safe society.’
    • ‘The baby was taken to Cork University Hospital where staff reported she was in healthy condition.’
    in good physical condition, in good health, well, all right, fine, fit, physically fit, in good trim, in good shape, in fine fettle, in good kilter, in top form, aerobicized, in tip-top condition
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    1. 1.1(of a part of the body) not diseased.
      ‘healthy cells’
      • ‘I am sure that I am not the only cyclist who gets reports from his mid-40s physicals of having a healthy prostate.’
      • ‘The oil and massaging action should promote strong healthy nails.’
      • ‘The diseased dyskinetic heart, which was nearly double the size of a healthy one, had an ejection fraction of less than 20 per cent.’
      • ‘Sick of seeing him suffer at the hand of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own healthy cells and tissues she decided to become a live donor.’
      • ‘They have the potential to revolutionise medicine by offering ways of repairing diseased and damaged body tissues with healthy new cells.’
      in good condition, toned, fit, physically fit, hale and hearty, in good shape, in fine fettle, in trim, disease-free, undamaged, uninjured, unimpaired
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    2. 1.2Indicating or promoting good health.
      ‘a healthy appetite’
      ‘a healthy balanced diet’
      • ‘The guide was sent as part of the National School Fruit Scheme, which aims to promote a healthy diet among infants.’
      • ‘The representatives of each faith read religious messages promoting a healthy environment.’
      • ‘Their stand will promote physical activity, mental health, healthy eating and smoking cessation.’
      • ‘The nonintervention group received minimal information about healthy eating and physical activity.’
      • ‘The food may be healthy, but the conditions under which it's made are far from the standards demanded by fastidious Westerners.’
      • ‘For those who play, obviously it's healthy physical exercise.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the Scottish Executive said its strategy on physical activity and healthy eating had been endorsed by the World Health Organisation.’
      • ‘It is a healthy drink that stimulates physical and mental performance supplying the body readily usable energy and vitamins.’
      • ‘Americans also do not maintain enough healthy physical activity.’
      • ‘Intervention children showed a higher score for knowledge, attitudes, and self reported behaviour for healthy eating and physical activity.’
      • ‘This can be achieved through regular physical exercise, healthy nutrition and sufficient rest.’
      • ‘Organized and run by a team of nutritionists, the Bureau seeks to promote wellness through a healthy diet.’
      • ‘The cycle can of an unhealthy approach to food can be reversed by strongly promoting healthy eating to the youth of our country.’
      • ‘The standards that local healthy schools programmes must achieve for accreditation include taking a whole school approach to healthy eating and physical activity.’
      • ‘We promote healthy diets, and there are so many studies showing that meat is just not the healthiest thing.’
      • ‘Promoting healthy, balanced eating and a regular exercise program are still the most the sensible weight loss guidelines.’
      • ‘A healthy lifestyle and regular physical exercise will strengthen the immune system and help prevent such diseases.’
      • ‘If your child sees you enjoying healthy foods and physical activity, he or she is more likely to do the same now and for the rest of his or her life.’
      • ‘Also, visit a nutritionist before you start a new routine since healthy eating plus physical activity is sure to help you.’
      • ‘In the end, results are used to make recommendations to farmers to promote a healthy, clean environment.’
      good for one, good for one's health, health-giving, healthful, wholesome, nutritious, nourishing, beneficial, salubrious, salutary
      beneficial, health-giving, healthful, salubrious, salutary
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    3. 1.3Normal, natural, and desirable.
      ‘a healthy contempt for authority’
      ‘healthy competition’
      • ‘The power to control one's destiny through the accumulation of wealth is not only natural, it is healthy.’
      • ‘I believe that the rising tide of abusive and criminal behaviour among children has to do with the fact that they no longer have a healthy physical fear of adults.’
      • ‘Okay, it has stirred a fresh debate, and that is both healthy and desirable.’
      • ‘Jon is a friendly, creative stand-up comedian, with a love of languages, martial arts, and a healthy loathing for heavy physical exertion.’
      • ‘Obviously, there's not much you can do about a growth spurt - it is a healthy and natural part of growing up.’
      • ‘The beer ads run heavily during sports broadcasts watched by sports-minded kids who love healthy competition, achievement, discipline and victory.’
      • ‘He had everything, the mod sense of dress, an upwardly mobile lifestyle, a healthy contempt for authority and an irrepressible belief in his own creativity.’
      • ‘Not all anger is misplaced, and often it's a healthy, natural response to these difficulties.’
      • ‘He has a sharp sense of humour, is extremely intelligent, has manners, and yeah, we also had a healthy physical relationship.’
      • ‘There's something to be said for healthy competition.’
      • ‘We advocate open, natural and healthy communication between the sexes.’
      • ‘It is natural and healthy that each personality type is ruled by a dominant function, and that the other functions support the ruling function.’
      • ‘Did the normal business competition and healthy professional rivalry they cultivated really amount to a war?’
      • ‘None the less, heterosexual relations within the bonds of marriage were seen as natural and healthy.’
      • ‘It is a natural and healthy part of being a child.’
      • ‘The higher than normal turnover has stimulated a healthy competition from challengers who sense a greater opportunity of winning in a fight between two new contestants.’
      • ‘In this perspective, pornography is not harmless fantasy or a corrupt and confused misrepresentation of an otherwise natural and healthy sexuality.’
      • ‘Plus, this healthy physical attitude of yours indicates deeper emotional well-being and stability.’
      • ‘I am out to give the public good, healthy mental shake-ups.’
      • ‘Sexuality is a healthy and natural occurrence throughout a person's life cycle.’
    4. 1.4Of a very satisfactory size or amount.
      ‘making a healthy profit’
      • ‘Stones used in the sport must withstand a healthy amount of abuse and constant freeze-thaw cycles.’
      • ‘The conversation flowed pretty smoothly, I think, and we had a healthy amount in common.’
      • ‘Mr Walsh has turned the airline's fortunes around returning it to a healthy profit of €64 million last year.’
      • ‘At the International Festival, Macbeth has taken a healthy amount of pummelling and stretching.’
      • ‘There is a healthy amount of grain, moderate edge enhancement, and awful special effects.’
      • ‘All in all, the set was full of hearty laughter, laced with a healthy amount of irreverence and irony; it will please Engvall fans.’
      • ‘He feels good about his chances and would be happy to return for another year, but has a healthy amount of perspective on it all.’
      • ‘John had been injured and missed two meets, as well has having crashed and costing the team a healthy amount of time and money to repair his car.’
      • ‘The reason, they believe, is that aggregate demand was growing by healthy amounts in those eras.’
      • ‘I have removed the counter from the site, and am pleased to see a healthy amount of posts in my absence!’
      • ‘The broadcaster breaks its promises to present a healthy amount of local and Canadian programming.’
      • ‘I did notice healthy amounts of edge enhancement and ringing in certain scenes, such as the map scene in Moscow.’
      • ‘Luckily for some of us there is still a healthy amount of hostility and disdain in both of these lovely little cities to balance things out.’
      • ‘Keep a healthy stock of multiple sizes and types around; everything from small butterfly bandages to large wound dressings.’
      • ‘If the match is endorsed by the ICC, and it widely expected that this will happen shortly, it has potential to raise a healthy amount of money.’
      • ‘I do however think it will pick up a healthy amount of votes.’
      • ‘Even the North West seems to draw a healthy amount of attendees.’
      • ‘There is a healthy amount of adrenaline-packed gore and deadly combat.’
      • ‘Although by now all six of us were firm friends, John and Stephanie had to go home to let their baby sitter get away, and there was still a healthy amount of wine to be drunk.’
      • ‘Special Edition boasts a healthy amount of extra material for a normal release, but is a little thin for a special edition.’