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Definition of heal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    heal

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//hiːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hiːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they heal
    BrE BrE//hiːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hiːl//
     
    he / she / it heals
    BrE BrE//hiːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hiːlz//
     
    past simple healed
    BrE BrE//hiːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hiːld//
     
    past participle healed
    BrE BrE//hiːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hiːld//
     
    -ing form healing
    BrE BrE//ˈhiːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhiːlɪŋ//
     
    Medical equipment, Recovering from illness
     
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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). See related entries: Recovering from illness
  2. 2[transitive] heal somebody (of something) (old use or formal) to cure somebody who is ill/sick; to make somebody feel happy again the story of Jesus healing ten lepers of their disease I felt healed by his love. See related entries: Medical equipment
  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.
  4. Word Origin Old English hǣlan (in the sense ‘restore to sound health’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heelen and German heilen, also to whole.Extra examples The wound healed up very nicely. He told stories of Jesus healing the sick. It was a chance to heal the wounds in the party. The children were healed by a local witch doctor.
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