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  1. the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
  2. soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one's health; to lose one's health.
  3. 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.
  4. vigor; vitality: economic health.

Origin of health

before 1000; Middle English helthe, Old English hǣlth. See hale1, whole, -th1
Related formshealth·ward, adjective, adverbsub·health, noun
Can be confusedhealth heath

Synonyms for health

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Contemporary Examples of health

Historical Examples of health

  • In consideration of the health of Paralus, the customary evening procession was dispensed with.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • For several weeks, there was no apparent change in Philothea's health or spirits.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • 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?

  • She understood that Robin had been staying in Sidmouth for his health.

British Dictionary definitions for health


  1. the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease
  2. the general condition of body and mindin poor health
  3. the condition of any unit, society, etcthe economic health of a nation
  4. a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc
  5. (modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the healthhealth food; a health store
  6. (modifier) of or relating to health, esp to the administration of healtha health committee; health resort; health service
  1. an exclamation wishing someone good health as part of a toast (in the phrases your health, good health, etc)

Word Origin for health

Old English hǣlth; related to hāl hale 1
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

health in Medicine


  1. The overall condition of an organism at a given time.
  2. Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.
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Idioms and Phrases with health


see clean bill of health.

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