- 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.
- 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
1. See cure.
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Examples from the Web for unhealed
Three years after a short war between Russia and Georgia for control of the region, South Ossetia reveals its unhealed scars.Alla Dzhioyeva Hospitalized After Police Raid
February 19, 2012
Nowadays, trendier issues have moved to the fore, but the scar remains, unhealed.Give Obama a Break
Stephen L. Carter
July 26, 2009
The wounds inflicted by jade Fortune in these regards are yet unhealed.Lines in Pleasant Places
It was not until then that she guessed at the depth of his wound, and knew that it was unhealed.A Modern Chronicle, Complete
He had struck the wound, yet unhealed, referred to in the telegram.
Across her abdomen was the unhealed wound of a previous operation.Badge of Infamy
Lester del Rey
Your cruel dangers—your more cruel apprehensions—are soon to be renewed; the wounds, yet unhealed, are to be torn open again.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
- 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
- to treat (a wound, etc) by assisting in its natural repair
- to cure (a disease or disorder)
- to restore or be restored to friendly relations, harmony, etc
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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To restore to health or soundness; cure.
- To become well; return to sound health.
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