- the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
- soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one's health; to lose one's health.
- a polite or complimentary wish for a person's health, happiness, etc., especially as a toast: We drank a health to our guest of honor.
- vigor; vitality: economic health.
Origin of health
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Examples from the Web for health
We indulge in expensive cold-pressed juices and SoulCycle classes, justifying these purchases as investments in our health.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
The health, happiness and well-being of men, children and women improve.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
He beat his illness twice, wrote about his battles with the disease, and continued broadcasting even as his health was failing.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
But medical experts say being able to take advantage of American health care almost certainly prolonged his life.Final Chapter for Accused Africa Bomber
January 4, 2015
You already protect you, and look after you in sickness and in health.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
For several weeks, there was no apparent change in Philothea's health or spirits.
In consideration of the health of Paralus, the customary evening procession was dispensed with.
I'll feel safe enough about my money as long as you keep your health.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
How are they to employ the day, or what inducement have they to employ it, in recruiting their stock of health?Sunday under Three Heads
She understood that Robin had been staying in Sidmouth for his health.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease
- the general condition of body and mindin poor health
- the condition of any unit, society, etcthe economic health of a nation
- a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc
- (modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the healthhealth food; a health store
- (modifier) of or relating to health, esp to the administration of healtha health committee; health resort; health service
- an exclamation wishing someone good health as part of a toast (in the phrases your health, good health, etc)
Word Origin and History for health
Old English hælþ "wholeness, a being whole, sound or well," from Proto-Germanic *hailitho, from PIE *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" (cf. Old English hal "hale, whole;" Old Norse heill "healthy;" Old English halig, Old Norse helge "holy, sacred;" Old English hælan "to heal"). With Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Of physical health in Middle English, but also "prosperity, happiness, welfare; preservation, safety."
- The overall condition of an organism at a given time.
- Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.
Idioms and Phrases with health
see clean bill of health.