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
before 1000;Middle Englishheelyng (adj.), helynge (noun), Old Englishhǣlinge (noun). See heal, -ing2, -ing1
Related formsheal·ing·ly, adverbself-heal·ing, adjectiveun·heal·ing, adjective
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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
before 900;Middle Englishhelen,Old Englishhǣlan (cognate with Dutchhelen,Germanheilen,Old Norseheila,Gothichailjan), derivative of hālhale1, whole
Related formsheal·a·ble, adjectivehalf-healed, adjectivepre·heal, verb (used with object)un·heal·a·ble, adjectiveun·healed, adjectivewell-healed, adjectiveCan be confusedhealheelhe'll
"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.
Old English hælan "cure; save; make whole, sound and well," from Proto-Germanic *hailjan (cf. Old Saxon helian, Old Norse heila, Old Frisian hela, Dutch helen, German heilen, Gothic ga-hailjan "to heal, cure"), literally "to make whole" (see health). Related: Healed; healing.