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 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 for heal

Synonym study

1. See cure.

Antonyms for heal

1, 2. irritate. 3. soil, infect.
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Contemporary Examples of unhealed

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  • Nowadays, trendier issues have moved to the fore, but the scar remains, unhealed.

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Historical Examples of unhealed

British Dictionary definitions for unhealed



not having healed physically, mentally, or emotionally



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

Word Origin for heal

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 unhealed



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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unhealed in Medicine




To restore to health or soundness; cure.
To become well; return to sound health.
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