One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his concern is to heal sick people’
make better, make well, cure, treat successfully, restore to health, get someone back on their feet, put someone on the road to recovery
make good, mend, remedy, restore
2‘he would have to wait until his knee had healed’
get better, get well, be cured, become healthy, recover, mend, be on the mend, improve, show improvement, be restored
3‘time will eventually heal the pain of grief’
alleviate, assuage, palliate, relieve, ameliorate, ease, help, soften, lessen, mitigate, attenuate, allay, salve
4‘we've been trying to heal the rift between them’
put right, set right, put to rights, repair, remedy, resolve, correct, settle, make good, patch up, soothe, conciliate, reconcile, harmonize
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