the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one's health; to lose one's health.
a polite or complimentary wish for a person's health, happiness, etc., especially as a toast: We drank a health to our guest of honor.
vigor; vitality: economic health.

before 1000; Middle English helthe, Old English hǣlth. See hale1, whole, -th1

healthward, adjective, adverb
subhealth, noun

health, heath.

2. vigor, vitality, strength, fitness, stamina. Unabridged
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health (hɛlθ)
1.  the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease
2.  the general condition of body and mind: in poor health
3.  the condition of any unit, society, etc: the economic health of a nation
4.  a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc
5.  (modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the health: health food; a health store
6.  (modifier) of or relating to health, esp to the administration of health: a health committee; health resort; health service
7.  an exclamation wishing someone good health as part of a toast (in the phrases your health, good health, etc)
[Old English hǣlth; related to hālhale1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hælþ "wholeness, a being whole, sound or well," from PIE *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" (cf. O.E. hal "hale, whole;" O.N. heill "healthy;" O.E. halig, O.N. helge "holy, sacred;" O.E. hælan "to heal"). Healthy is first attested 1552.
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health (hělth)

  1. The overall condition of an organism at a given time.

  2. Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.

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