- 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
Synonyms for heal
1. See cure.
Antonyms for heal
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- 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
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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- To restore to health or soundness; cure.
- To become well; return to sound health.
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