from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To restore to health or soundness; cure. See Synonyms at cure.
  • transitive v. To set right; repair: healed the rift between us.
  • transitive v. To restore (a person) to spiritual wholeness.
  • intransitive v. To become whole and sound; return to health.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make better; to revive, recover, or cure.
  • v. To become better.
  • n. health
  • v. To hide; conceal; keep secret.
  • v. To cover, as for protection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Health.
  • intransitive v. To grow sound; to return to a sound state; ; -- sometimes with up or over.
  • transitive v. To cover, as a roof, with tiles, slate, lead, or the like.
  • transitive v. To make hale, sound, or whole; to cure of a disease, wound, or other derangement; to restore to soundness or health.
  • transitive v. To remove or subdue; to cause to pass away; to cure; -- said of a disease or a wound.
  • transitive v. To restore to original purity or integrity.
  • transitive v. To reconcile, as a breach or difference; to make whole; to free from guilt; as, to heal dissensions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make whole or sound; restore to health or soundness; cure: as, to heal the sick.
  • To restore to wholesome conditions; remove something evil or noxious from: purify; cleanse; strengthen.
  • To remedy; remove, repair, or counteract by salutary or beneficial means: as, to heal a quarrel or a breach.
  • To grow whole or sound; return to a sound state: with reference to a wound, sometimes with up or over.
  • To hide; conceal; keep secret.
  • To cover, as for protection.
  • To cover (the roots of trees and plants), usually in an inclined or slanting position, with soil, after they have been taken out of the ground, and before setting them permanently: generally used with in.
  • A variant spelling of heel.
  • n. Health; well-being.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get healthy again
  • v. provide a cure for, make healthy again
  • v. heal or recover


Middle English healen, from Old English hǣlan; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English helen, hilen, from Old English helan ("to conceal, cover, hide"), from Proto-Germanic *helanan (“to hide, stash”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (“to hide, conceal”). Cognate with Scots heal ("to cover, hide, conceal, keep secret"), Dutch helen ("to conceal"), German heilen ("to conceal"), Latin cēlō ("conceal"). Related to hole, hull. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English helen, from Old English hǣlan ("to heal, cure, save, greet, salute"), from Proto-Germanic *hailijanan (“to heal, make whole, save”), from Proto-Indo-European *koil- (“safe, unharmed”). Cognate with Scots hale, hail ("to heal"), Eastern Frisian heila, heilen ("to heal"), Dutch helen ("to heal"), German heilen ("to heal"), Swedish hela ("to heal"). More at whole. (Wiktionary)



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