heal

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English helen, hilen, from Old English helan (to conceal, cover, hide), from Proto-Germanic *helaną (to hide, stash), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (to hide, conceal). Cognate with Scots heal (to cover, hide, conceal, keep secret), Dutch helen (to conceal), German hehlen (to conceal), Latin cēlō (conceal). Related to hole, hull.

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Verb[edit]

heal (third-person singular simple present heals, present participle healing, simple past hole or healed, past participle holen or healed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete or dialectal) To hide; conceal; keep secret.
  2. (transitive) To cover, as for protection.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English helen, from Old English hǣlan (to heal, cure, save, greet, salute), from Proto-Germanic *hailijaną (to heal, make whole, save), from Proto-Indo-European *koil- (safe, unharmed). Cognate with Scots hale, hail (to heal), Lua error in Module:etymology_language at line 136: The source language/family code "frs" is not valid. Lua error in Module:links/templates at line 52: The language code "frs" is not valid., Lua error in Module:links/templates at line 52: The language code "frs" is not valid., West Frisian hielje, Dutch helen (to heal), German heilen (to heal), Danish hele, Swedish hela (to heal). More at whole.

Verb[edit]

heal (third-person singular simple present heals, present participle healing, simple past and past participle healed)

  1. (transitive) To make better from a disease, wound, etc.; to revive or cure.
    This bandage will heal your cut.
    • Bible, Matthew viii. 8
      Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
  2. (intransitive) To become better.
    Bandages allow cuts to heal.
  3. To reconcile, as a breach or difference; to make whole; to free from guilt.
    to heal dissensions
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Noun[edit]

heal (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) health
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Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

heal (uncountable)

  1. health

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian half, from Proto-Germanic *halbaz. Compare English half, Dutch half, German halb, Danish halv.

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Adjective[edit]

heal

  1. half