Definition of heal in US English:

heal

verb

[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’
    • ‘The disciples aren't able to heal a lad who is suffering from what sounds like epileptic seizures.’
    • ‘We now have six days to rest, recover and heal the injuries.’
    • ‘He soon gained a reputation as a man who could heal sick people.’
    • ‘But I say to you, there is no Democratic or Republican way to heal a sick child.’
    • ‘She begs Jesus to heal her daughter, but it sounds as if he doesn't have time for her.’
    • ‘It restored a downed Warrior to a minimum level of health and energy, and healed any physical injuries.’
    • ‘The Guru helped to heal many sick people, naturally coming in contact with so many people every day, the Guru was also infected and taken seriously ill.’
    • ‘Although he does not prescribe medicines, he plays a significant and positive role in healing sick people.’
    • ‘But when I was bitten, while picking some herbs to heal a sick friend, they made me one of their Elders.’
    • ‘There was no harm in trying to heal a sick man who wanted to get better.’
    • ‘What a patient weighs on a scale does not adequately represent his or her health or ability to heal a wound.’
    • ‘Pulses of ultrasound are also sometimes used as a treatment for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and to heal fractures and wounds.’
    • ‘He healed another sick woman and brought one back to life.’
    • ‘We have time to rest and recover and heal our injuries.’
    • ‘We believe that recovery is a process that heals the whole person therefore, we take a holistic approach to treatment.’
    • ‘The Jesus who heals the sick people is by no means described as someone who fulfils a pre-established programme.’
    • ‘She was severely wounded and he couldn't heal her with what little training he had had.’
    • ‘She also developed a skill for healing people by using flowers and herbs.’
    • ‘She gently ran her hand over the injury, using her power to heal the wound.’
    • ‘It will probably take a while for him to recover his strength and heal his wounds.’
    make better, make well, cure, treat successfully, restore to health, get someone back on their feet, put someone on the road to recovery
    curative, therapeutic, medicinal, remedial, curing, corrective, reparative
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    1. 1.1no object Become sound or healthy again.
      ‘he would have to wait until his knee had healed’
      • ‘The round caused him to stagger back slightly, but the wound simply healed and the bullet was pushed out.’
      • ‘Her cheek and teeth had healed, but she couldn't dig the bullet out of her leg.’
      • ‘His hand healed and it gave his knee extra time to rest as well, and last night against the Hornets it showed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bullet wounds had healed, but the vaccine hurt his head to the extent that he felt like throwing up.’
      • ‘When that joint heals, he'll get a new right knee.’
      • ‘He wasn't sure if the bullet wound had healed yet, but he was hoping it had.’
      • ‘It's very hard to tell, I suppose it comes down to how successful the surgery is and how quickly the knee heals.’
      • ‘And it has nothing to do with how the little tear in his knee heals.’
      • ‘With the knee protected in a knee brace, a partial tear of the tendon can heal within several weeks.’
      • ‘Consequently when the wound in his hand healed Albert volunteered to re-enter the fray and returned to the Western Front with the Machine Gun Corps.’
      • ‘You can make yourself more balanced and well-rounded by dabbling in these other areas while your knee heals.’
      • ‘Understanding what you're up against as you heal and adopting healthy coping strategies will help get you there.’
      • ‘Fortunately, once a sufferer finds out what is wrong with them and sticks to a gluten-free diet, the intestine can heal and good health returns.’
      • ‘The girl's legs are usually bound together from ankle to knee until the wound has healed, which may take anything up to 40 days.’
      • ‘I think we'd better get that bullet out of your shoulder before it heals.’
      • ‘I'm usually so active and independent but now I'll be house bound until my arm heals.’
      • ‘You know you're going to heal and hey look at that, that blood is good and red and healthy isn't it so you're going to heal very quickly.’
      • ‘Hours of surgery and several months of rehab later, the knee wasn't healing well.’
      • ‘The people - the people I've known who have had to deal with this, they've had to struggle against the way in which the amputation took place, the way in which it heals.’
      get better, get well, be cured, become healthy, recover, mend, be on the mend, improve, show improvement, be restored
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    2. 1.2 Alleviate (a person's distress or anguish)
      ‘time can heal the pain of grief’
      • ‘I know that time will heal my pain, but how will I ever be able to trust him again?’
      • ‘The young woman was crying so deeply that no kind words or gentle touches would heal the pain.’
      • ‘For many Muslims, it has been a haven where they could come to heal the traumas and persecution they experienced in their home countries.’
      • ‘Looking at my siblings, who had been separated for 38 years, I wondered if time would heal the pain we all shared.’
      • ‘By our love, and only by our love for one another, are we going to be able to approach God and to heal pain.’
      • ‘There are architects in our time, however, who evoke healing experiences of time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If I could use God's love to help me heal my own pain, maybe I would grow too.’
      • ‘It is an attempt to heal the pain of families torn apart by the Korean War 50 years ago.’
      • ‘She teaches me that healing my own pain doesn't mean losing sight of the pain of others.’
      • ‘Tender loving care helps to heal the mental trauma caused by a lifetime of pain and confinement.’
      • ‘Such phrases and the music had helped her to recognize again that the one whose birth we celebrate is none other than the one who bears our sorrows and heals our pain.’
      • ‘Thirdly, we should do what will go a long way to heal the agony of the Hindus.’
      • ‘I was adorned with condolences and words of pity and sorrow, but no words could heal the pain in my heart.’
      • ‘He had healed her body, but no one could heal the pain in her heart.’
      • ‘Time healed my pain and your mother's… gave us the ability to understand that what we had done was for the best.’
      • ‘‘Time heals all pain,’ she said, shortly, because she prefers keeping her private life out of the public eye.’
      • ‘Love, and the expression of it, is a medicine to heal the pain of oppression, hatred, lovelessness and colonization.’
      • ‘From now until I die, I will be nothing more to my pride than a means to heal pain and agony.’
      • ‘They sniff glue to heal the pain of homelessness and numb the fear of police abuse.’
      alleviate, assuage, palliate, relieve, ameliorate, ease, help, soften, lessen, mitigate, attenuate, allay, salve
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    3. 1.3 Correct or put right (an undesirable situation)
      ‘the rift between them was never really healed’
      • ‘Last week's EU summit should have been an ideal opportunity to heal rifts after the trauma of the ‘No’ votes.’
      • ‘Would a Truth and Reconciliation Commission help to heal the racial divide in Bermuda?’
      • ‘Their departure will allow two new people the opportunity to attempt to heal the sluggish economy.’
      • ‘I think a number of us are really encouraged to go back and really work with the people, and help to heal the situation.’
      • ‘The tragedy offers an opportunity to heal the rift between the United States and the UN and bridge the Atlantic divide.’
      • ‘Liu also reiterated the need for China and Japan to continue talks to heal their rift over bilateral history.’
      • ‘Now, the June meeting marks another chance to start healing half a century of brotherly hatred.’
      • ‘Enlargement is more than just an historic opportunity to heal the post-war division of Europe.’
      • ‘But Foot was seen as a conciliator, who would heal divisions in the party.’
      put right, set right, put to rights, repair, remedy, resolve, correct, settle, make good, patch up, soothe, conciliate, reconcile, harmonize
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

heal

/hil//hēl/