health

[ helth ]
/ hɛlθ /

noun

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

before 1000; Middle English helthe, Old English hǣlth. See hale1, whole, -th1

Related forms

health·ward, adjective, adverbsub·health, noun

Can be confused

health heath
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British Dictionary definitions for health

health

/ (hɛlθ) /

noun

interjection

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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Medicine definitions for health

health

[ hĕlth ]

n.

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

health


see clean bill of health.

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