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heal

[heel]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.
  2. 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.
  3. to free from evil; cleanse; purify: to heal the soul.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to effect a cure.
  2. (of a wound, broken bone, etc.) to become whole or sound; mend; get well (often followed by up or over).
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Origin of heal

before 900; Middle English helen, Old English hǣlan (cognate with Dutch helen, German heilen, Old Norse heila, Gothic hailjan), derivative of hāl hale1, whole
Related formsheal·a·ble, adjectivehalf-healed, adjectivepre·heal, verb (used with object)un·heal·a·ble, adjectiveun·healed, adjectivewell-healed, adjective
Can be confusedheal heel he'll

Synonyms

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2. compose, soothe. 3. purge, disinfect.

Synonym study

1. See cure.

Antonyms

1, 2. irritate. 3. soil, infect.
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Examples from the Web for unhealable

Historical Examples

  • There is scarcely an Afrikander family without an unhealable wound.

    My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War

    Ben Viljoen.

  • I imagine this is not uncommon among married people,—this unhealable break in their routine of association when one departs.

    The Plum Tree

    David Graham Phillips


British Dictionary definitions for unhealable

heal

verb
  1. to restore or be restored to health
  2. (intr; often foll by over or up) (of a wound, burn, etc) to repair by natural processes, as by scar formation
  3. (tr)
    1. to treat (a wound, etc) by assisting in its natural repair
    2. to cure (a disease or disorder)
  4. to restore or be restored to friendly relations, harmony, etc
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Derived Formshealable, adjectivehealer, nounhealing, noun, adjective

Word Origin

Old English hælan; related to Old Norse heila, Gothic hailjan, Old High German heilen; see hale 1, whole
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Word Origin and History for unhealable

heal

v.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unhealable in Medicine

heal

(hēl)
v.
  1. To restore to health or soundness; cure.
  2. To become well; return to sound health.
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