heal


heal
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 by the body for healing cuts and bruises.
b ) intransitive or transitive to make someone healthy again after they have been sick, especially using methods other than medicine:
The body will heal itself if given the chance.
c ) intransitive or transitive if emotional problems heal, or something heals them, you become happy again:
She realized that the pain of her loss had never truly healed.
d ) transitive to repair damage to land:
Nature has started to heal the scars left by the mines.
2. ) transitive to make people stop fighting and have a better relationship:
He said it was time for the country's wounds to be healed.
heal a rift/division/breach: The meeting was called in an effort to heal the rift between the two presidents.
,heal `over phrasal verb intransitive
if an injury heals over, new skin forms over it and it becomes healthy again
,heal `up phrasal verb intransitive
if an injury heals up, the skin or bone grows back together and becomes healthy again:
The cut wasn't healing up the way it should.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • 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… …   Dictionary of contemporary 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

  • heal up — ˌheal ˈup [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they heal up he/she/it heals up present participle healing up past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • Heal — (h[=e]l), v. t. [See {Hele}.] To cover, as a roof, with tiles, slate, lead, or the like. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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


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