heal

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[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 *koyl- (safe, unharmed). Cognate with Scots hale, hail (to heal), Saterland Frisian heila, heilen (to heal), 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.
  2. (intransitive) To become better or healthy again.
    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 (countable and uncountable, plural heals)

  1. (role-playing games, countable) A spell or ability that restores hit points or removes a status ailment.
    • 2004, Computer Gaming World (volumes 234-237, page 81)
      Also, various interesting spells have been added—for instance, with the Orb spell, you can circle a character, firing offensive bolts or casting heals, and free up a mage-type to cast other spells or even melee.
    • 2009, Paul Emmerich, Beginning Lua with World of Warcraft Add-ons (page 351)
      The following macro checks whether our current target is friendly and casts a heal on it if so; otherwise it casts the heal on the target's target []
    • 2012, Constance Steinkuehler, Kurt Squire, Sasha Barab, Games, Learning, and Society
      Synner, a priest walking by, sees her struggling and casts a heal on her.
  2. (obsolete, uncountable) health
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

See hele.

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (rare) Alternative form of hele (conceal).
    • 1907, John. H. Brownell, Arthur Maurice Smith, Joseph E. Morcombe, The American Tyler-Keystone: Devoted to Freemasonry, page 6:
      "Heal, conceal and keep secret."
    • 1998, Clive Richardson, The Horse Breakers, page 212:
      'I swear before God and all these witnesses that I will always heal, conceal and never reveal any art or part of this secret of horsemanry which is to be revealed to me at this time or any other time hereafter.'
    • 2015, Lee Morgan, The Bones Would Do: Book Two of the Christopher Penrose Novels:
      The man in black asked Christopher for the secret passwords he'd been given and he answered correctly. As soon as he had, Christopher felt the point of a blade at his throat. “Do you swear to heal, conceal and never reveal the secrets of the witching arts for all your days [] ?"

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Estonian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

heal

  1. adessive singular of hea

Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

heal (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) health

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West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian half, from Proto-West Germanic *halb, from Proto-Germanic *halbaz.

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heal

  1. half

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Further reading[edit]

  • heal”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011