heal


heal
heal [hi:l] v [I and T]
[: Old English; Origin: hAlan]
1.) also heal up
if a wound or a broken bone heals or is healed, the flesh, skin, or bone grows back together and becomes healthy again
It took three months for my arm to heal properly.
2.) to make someone who is ill become healthy again, especially by using natural powers or prayer
→↑cure
a preacher who claims that he can heal the sick
3.) to become mentally or emotionally strong again after a bad experience, or to help someone to do this
Ann says the only way to heal after rape is to talk about it.
The trauma of divorce can often be healed by successful remarriage.
4.) if an argument or disagreement between people heals or you heal it, the people stop arguing or disagreeing
heal the wounds/breach/division/rift
Our main goal must be to heal the divisions in our society.
The rift between the two younger men never healed.
heal over phr v
if a wound or an area of broken skin heals over, new skin grows over it and it becomes healthy again

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  • heal — [ hil ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive if an injury heals, the skin or bone grows back together and becomes healthy again: The wound took a long time to heal. a ) transitive to make a part of the body healthy again after an injury: Vitamin K is needed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • Heal — (h[=e]l), v. i. To grow sound; to return to a sound state; as, the limb heals, or the wound heals; sometimes with up or over; as, it will heal up, or over. [1913 Webster] Those wounds heal ill that men do give themselves. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heal — Heal, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Healed} (h[=e]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Healing}.] [OE. helen, h[ae]len, AS. h[=ae]lan, fr. h[=a]l hale, sound, whole; akin to OS. h[=e]lian, D. heelen, G. heilen, Goth. hailjan. See {Whole}.] 1. To make hale, sound, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heal — Heal, n. [AS. h[=ae]lu, h[=ae]l. See {Heal}, v. t.] Health. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • heal — (v.) O.E. hælan cure; save; make whole, sound and well, from P.Gmc. *hailjan (Cf. O.S. helian, O.N. heila, O.Fris. hela, Du. helen, Ger. heilen, Goth. ga hailjan to heal, cure ), lit. to make whole (see HEALTH (Cf. health)). Related …   Etymology dictionary