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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 helmet, Scots heal ‎(to cover, hide, conceal, keep secret), Dutch helen ‎(to conceal), German hehlen ‎(to conceal), Swedish häla ‎(hide) and hälare ‎(fence) (peddler of stolen goods), Latin cēlō ‎(conceal). Related to hole, hull.

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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), 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.


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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heal ‎(countable and uncountable, plural heals)

  1. (gaming, countable) A spell that heals a character.
    • 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?)




heal (uncountable)

  1. health

West Frisian[edit]


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




  1. half