[ helth ]
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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.

  1. 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.

  2. vigor; vitality: economic health.

Origin of health

First recorded before 1000; Middle English helthe, Old English hǣlth; see hale1, whole, -th1

Other words for health

Other words from health

  • healthward, adjective, adverb
  • sub·health, noun

Words that may be confused with health

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How to use health in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for health


/ (hɛlθ) /

  1. the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease

  2. the general condition of body and mind: in poor health

  1. the condition of any unit, society, etc: the economic health of a nation

  2. a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc

  3. (modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the health: health food; a health store

  4. (modifier) of or relating to health, esp to the administration of health: a 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)

Origin of health

Old English hǣlth; related to hāl hale 1

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Other Idioms and Phrases with health


see clean bill of health.

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