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[heyl] /heɪl/
verb (used with object), haled, haling.
to compel (someone) to go:
to hale a man into court.
to haul; pull.
Origin of hale2
1175-1225; Middle English halen < Middle French haler < Germanic; compare Dutch halen to pull, fetch; akin to Old English geholian to get, German holen to fetch. See haul
Related forms
haler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for haled
Historical Examples
  • He would have clutched the doctor, and haled him forth by force in bedgown and slippers as he was.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • But Gilles took him by the nape of his dirty neck and haled him back into the room.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • It was not to advise me of her capture that he had had me haled into his odious presence.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • On this account he was haled before the disciplinary committee of the faculty.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • As a result, Blake was haled before the magistrates and committed for trial.

  • And I haled into her hand the gold pieces and the silver crown.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • If only he had never seen her that haled him to his undoing!

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • But there was no appeal; and on my arrival I was haled before the authorities.

  • In the Congo they are haled by the tom-tom, which is the wireless of the woods.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • They are not only haled before the Star Chamber to be rebuked by Laud.

British Dictionary definitions for haled


healthy and robust (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) whole
Derived Forms
haleness, noun
Word Origin
Old English hælwhole


(transitive) to pull or drag; haul
Derived Forms
haler, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German halōn to fetch, Old English geholian to acquire


George Ellery. 1868–1938, US astronomer: undertook research into sunspots and invented the spectroheliograph
Sir Matthew. 1609–76, English judge and scholar; Lord Chief Justice (1671–76)
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Word Origin and History for haled



"healthy," Old English hal "healthy, entire, uninjured" (see health). The Scottish and northern English form of whole; it was given a literary sense of "free from infirmity" (1734). Related: Haleness.



c.1200, "drag; summon," in Middle English used of arrows, bowstrings, reins, anchors, from Old French haler "to pull, haul" (12c.), from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *halon or Old Dutch halen; probably also from Old English geholian "obtain" (see haul). Figurative sense of "to draw (someone) from one condition to another" is late 14c. Related: Haled; haling.

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