Definition of health noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//helθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//helθ//
    [uncountable] Good health
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  1. 1  the condition of a person’s body or mind Exhaust fumes are bad for your health. to be in poor/good/excellent/the best of health Smoking can seriously damage your health. mental health Your (very) good health! (= said before drinking alcohol to express good wishes for somebody’s health and happiness) see also ill health Wordfinderacute, condition, health, medicine, outbreak, pain, recover, relapse, terminal, treatment
  2. 2  the state of being physically and mentally healthy He was nursed back to health by his wife. She was glowing with health and clearly enjoying life. As long as you have your health, nothing else matters. See related entries: Good health
  3. 3  the work of providing medical services All parties are promising to increase spending on health. the Health Minister the Department of Health health insurance health and safety regulations (= laws that protect the health of people at work)
  4. 4how successful something is the health of your marriage/finances
  5. Word OriginOld English hǣlth, of Germanic origin; related to whole.Extra examples He felt in much better health. He had to retire due to ill health. He is unable to travel far because of his state of health. Health visitors give families support for infant care and development. Her health gradually improved. His health began to fail under the heavy pressures of the job. How is primary health care best delivered? She was nursed back to full health. She’s never really enjoyed good health. Smoking is bad for your health. Some athletes are prepared to risk their health to win a medal. The air quality was so bad that the government issued a health warning. The poisoned food has been removed from the shops and there is no threat to public health. There is no threat to public health from this paint. You need to maintain your physical and mental health. Your doctor, midwife or health visitor will advise. a campaign to promote better health in the workplace a community health centre/​center community health care environmental health officers health and safety at work health food stores private health insurance the district/​local/​regional health authority the health benefits of physical activity ways to improve the nation’s general health He has been in poor health for some time now. Her mental health began to deteriorate. She has always enjoyed the best of health. She was forced to resign because of ill health. Smoking can seriously damage your health. The government project aims to promote health in disadvantaged areas.Idioms a report that says somebody is healthy or that something is in good condition Doctors gave him a clean bill of health after a series of tests and examinations. The building was given a clean bill of health by the surveyor.
    drink somebody’s health
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    (British English) to wish somebody good health as you lift your glass, and then drink from it
    (old-fashioned, British English) looking or feeling very healthy
    propose a toast (to somebody), propose somebody’s health
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    to ask people to wish somebody health, happiness and success by raising their glasses and drinking I'd like to propose a toast to the bride and groom.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: health