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Definition of heal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they heal
    he / she / it heals
    past simple healed
    -ing form healing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to become healthy again; to make something healthy again It took a long time for the wounds to heal. heal up The cut healed up without leaving a scar. heal something This will help to heal your cuts and scratches. (figurative) It was a chance to heal the wounds in the party (= to repair the damage that had been done).
  2. 2[transitive] heal somebody (of something) (old use or formal) to cure someone who is sick; to make someone feel happy again the story of Jesus healing ten lepers of their disease I felt healed by his love.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] heal (something) to put an end to something or make something easier to bear; to end or become easier to bear She was never able to heal the rift between herself and her father. The breach between them never really healed.
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