[ heel ]
/ hil /
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).
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Origin of heal
synonym study for heal
1. See cure.
OTHER WORDS FROM heal
heal·a·ble, adjectivehalf-healed, adjectivepre·heal, verb (used with object)un·heal·a·ble, adjective
un·healed, adjectivewell-healed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heal
/ (hiːl) /
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
Derived forms of healhealable, 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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Medical definitions for heal
[ hēl ]
To restore to health or soundness; cure.
To become well; return to sound health.
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