- to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.
- to bring to an end or conclusion, as conflicts between people or groups, usually with the strong implication of restoring former amity; settle; reconcile: They tried to heal the rift between them but were unsuccessful.
- to free from evil; cleanse; purify: to heal the soul.
- to effect a cure.
- (of a wound, broken bone, etc.) to become whole or sound; mend; get well (often followed by up or over).
Origin of heal
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2. compose, soothe. 3. purge, disinfect.
1. See cure.
1, 2. irritate. 3. soil, infect.
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Examples from the Web for heal
To break her self-destructive cycle and heal, she decides to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo.Exclusive: The Making of Reese Witherspoon’s Golden Globe-Nominated ‘Wild’
December 12, 2014
We had decided we would make a film together because we both agreed about the importance of art as a way to heal.Blogger Shares and Shames Cancer in ‘Lily’
December 9, 2014
Heal STL was destroyed, as were several other shops and offices contained in the building that went up in smoke Monday night.
Then Heal STL was burned down Monday like a moribund body for cremation.
A bunch of old, white, rock titans come together with young, white, X Factor hotties to persuade Britain to heal Africa.Do They Know It’s Time to Stop Band Aid?
November 22, 2014
So we voice our hope and our belief that we can help to heal this divided world.
I suspect it was but another shape of the virtue that went forth to heal.Miracles of Our Lord
To be all-powerful and heal every one of them, was not that the desire which rose from each heart?
The desire to be healed did heal; the thirst for a miracle worked the miracle.
It would be ridiculous for me to try to heal you with big phrases.
- to restore or be restored to health
- (intr; often foll by over or up) (of a wound, burn, etc) to repair by natural processes, as by scar formation
- to treat (a wound, etc) by assisting in its natural repair
- to cure (a disease or disorder)
- to restore or be restored to friendly relations, harmony, etc
Old English hælan; related to Old Norse heila, Gothic hailjan, Old High German heilen; see hale 1, whole
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Word Origin and History for heal
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To restore to health or soundness; cure.
- To become well; return to sound health.
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