verb (used with object)
- to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.
- to bring to an end or conclusion, as conflicts between people or groups, usually with the strong implication of restoring former amity; settle; reconcile: They tried to heal the rift between them but were unsuccessful.
- to free from evil; cleanse; purify: to heal the soul.
verb (used without object)
- to effect a cure.
- (of a wound, broken bone, etc.) to become whole or sound; mend; get well (often followed by up or over).
- not having healed physically, mentally, or emotionally
- to restore or be restored to health
- (intr; often foll by over or up) (of a wound, burn, etc) to repair by natural processes, as by scar formation
- to treat (a wound, etc) by assisting in its natural repair
- to cure (a disease or disorder)
- to restore or be restored to friendly relations, harmony, etc
v.Old English hælan “cure; save; make whole, sound and well,” from Proto-Germanic *hailjan (cf. Old Saxon helian, Old Norse heila, Old Frisian hela, Dutch helen, German heilen, Gothic ga-hailjan “to heal, cure”), literally “to make whole” (see health). Related: Healed; healing. v.
- To restore to health or soundness; cure.
- To become well; return to sound health.