- curing or curative; prescribed or helping to heal.
- growing sound; getting well; mending.
- the act or process of regaining health: a new drug to accelerate healing.
Origin of healing
- 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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Examples from the Web for healing
But we also live with healing, with love, with activism, with a voice.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
He thinks as much as he is healing his callers they are healing him.Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline
November 20, 2014
He considered music to be a healing art, an “uplifting” art.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Griefby Martha Whitmore Hickman.
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing after Lossby Pat Schwiebert.
In a land of healing miracles, neighbors must not suffer and die unattended.
She had need of their strength, their quiet and their healing.Her Father's Daughter
His martyrdom was continued by forbidding him all access to the healing waters.
And all science must culminate at last in the science of healing—not the weak, but the strong.
The hurt was not dangerous, though it bled freely, and was some weeks in healing.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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
Word Origin and History for healing
"restoration to health," Old English hæling; see heal. Figurative sense of "restoration of wholeness" is from early 13c.; meaning "touch that cures" is from 1670s.
- To restore to health or soundness; cure.
- To become well; return to sound health.