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heal

[heel] /hil/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.
2.
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.
3.
to free from evil; cleanse; purify:
to heal the soul.
verb (used without object)
4.
to effect a cure.
5.
(of a wound, broken bone, etc.) to become whole or sound; mend; get well (often followed by up or over).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English helen, Old English hǣlan (cognate with Dutch helen, German heilen, Old Norse heila, Gothic hailjan), derivative of hāl hale1, whole
Related forms
healable, adjective
half-healed, adjective
preheal, verb (used with object)
unhealable, adjective
unhealed, adjective
well-healed, adjective
Can be confused
heal, heel, he'll.
Synonyms
1. See cure. 2. compose, soothe. 3. purge, disinfect.
Antonyms
1, 2. irritate. 3. soil, infect.
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  • Only if the antibiotic group healed faster than the placebo group could you conclude that the antibiotic caused the improvement.
  • She and her husband refused, hoping for the best, and his leg eventually healed.
  • It charges a penalty for some programmes so that borrowers will return to private markets once these have healed.
  • With its claw unusable for hunting, the dinosaur presumably had to eat plants or other foods to stay alive while it healed.
  • The reason for this seems to be that the pains in the back, being inflicted by the corn-spirit, can also be healed by it.
  • Your exam confirms that the original injury has healed.
  • Instead of being healed, patients are made cash-cows of a profession that is not a science in the proper sense.
  • After three months of this, the wound still had not healed.
  • But to make an outright claim that acupuncture is what healed you is dubious at best without supporting facts and research.
  • The wounds healed, but his ear was damaged permanently.
British Dictionary definitions for healed

heal

/hiːl/
verb
1.
to restore or be restored to health
2.
(intransitive; often foll by over or up) (of a wound, burn, etc) to repair by natural processes, as by scar formation
3.
(transitive)
  1. to treat (a wound, etc) by assisting in its natural repair
  2. to cure (a disease or disorder)
4.
to restore or be restored to friendly relations, harmony, etc
Derived Forms
healable, adjective
healer, noun
healing, noun, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hælan; related to Old Norse heila, Gothic hailjan, Old High German heilen; see hale1, whole
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Word Origin and History for healed

heal

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.

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healed in Medicine

heal (hēl)
v. healed, heal·ing, heals

  1. To restore to health or soundness; cure.

  2. To become well; return to sound health.

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