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heal

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a wound heals
▪ The wound is healing nicely.
faith healing
heal...breach
▪ She wanted to help heal the breach between them.
healing powers
▪ The water was supposed to have healing powers.
healing/medicinal properties
▪ The old women know about the healing properties of local herbs.
heal...rifts
▪ He set out to heal the rifts in the party.
scars heal
▪ The mental scars will eventually heal.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
completely
▪ My break was not completely healed and would be in plaster for a further two weeks.
▪ Harrick said he may hold Dollar out next week if doctors think it will allow his injured hand ligaments to heal completely.
▪ The cut on her brow seemed to have healed completely.
▪ But the spiritual wound never healed completely.
▪ The ulceration healed completely within two weeks and the patient was discharged on day 16.
▪ Although it will be a few weeks before her eye is completely healed, Muffin already was experiencing improved vision Thursday.
▪ She did not want him to exercise his leg until the infected burn had healed completely.
never
▪ But it seems their wounds will never heal.
▪ But the spiritual wound never healed completely.
▪ Attitudes toward active participation in the war opened deep fissures in the movement which, at the extreme, were never healed.
▪ We stop for the night in the middle of this scar tissue that will never heal.
▪ He was sometimes difficult, often distrustful and the scars of a thousand press knives have never healed.
▪ For her things would never heal, but for Marguerite time would lessen the pain and her memories would help.
▪ Those psychic scars would never heal.
▪ But finally, she would make of it an ulcer, a running sore that would never heal.
quickly
▪ His own wounds were healing quickly and the pain was almost gone.
▪ Doctors hope Christina's face will heal quickly and that she will be able to avoid plastic surgery.
▪ On the face and neck this usually takes 2-3 days as these areas heal quickly and early removal helps to reduce scarring.
▪ The scratches on his cheek had healed quickly and he had died unblemished.
■ NOUN
body
▪ Given half a chance, his body was healing, repairing itself.
▪ Homoeopathy, on the other hand, stimulates the body to heal itself and its use can be truly curative.
▪ In other words, if we could get our lives together, our bodies might heal themselves.
breach
▪ Should he try to heal the breach between Andrew Neil and Lamont?
▪ This is presumably because it is seldom possible to heal the breach that is usually created by fighting a legal battle.
division
▪ We have to continue to heal the racial divisions that still tear at our nation.
▪ President Eisenhower set out to heal the divisions in the nation.
▪ We are trying to heal the divisions, put the past behind us.
faith
▪ A person with faith prays for healing in the belief that healing can take place.
▪ People will always be sceptical about faith healing.
rift
▪ They have gone some way to healing their internal rifts.
▪ A few weeks later, the two old and broken men moved to heal their twenty-year rift.
▪ Understand the lesson in this for you, and heal the rift between you.
▪ Many in the legal profession hoped that the Committee would help heal the rift between the two branches of the legal profession.
▪ Laurie Mains is at the centre of efforts to heal the rift between players and media.
▪ Theo's visit was intended by both brothers to heal a rift which had developed between them.
time
▪ The scars of Bosnia will take a long time to heal.
▪ It was a time of healing.
▪ Some survive, of course: time heals a few wounds, wounds a few heels.
▪ That was a beautiful time, a healing time-the fresh lumber, the new beginning.
▪ But the wounds inflicted by the media will, it appears, take a long time to heal.
▪ But time has healed many wounds.
▪ It is the only emotion that takes time to heal.
▪ Relationships once broken in this way may take a long time to heal.
ulcer
▪ This indicates that the stimulation of cell proliferation may not be the only factor in ulcer healing by sucralfate.
▪ Patients with incomplete ulcer healing after six weeks were reinvestigated by endoscopy at four week intervals.
▪ Patients were excluded if they had taken ulcer healing agents, antibiotics, or cytotoxic drugs within one week of endoscopy.
▪ They lack independence, may develop stiffness or even feel a failure because their ulcers do not heal.
▪ All of the patients had an improved ability to walk, reduced pain and improved ulcer healing.
week
▪ He said the nerve may take several weeks to heal.
▪ A slash from Siban's talons would have inflicted a wound which would have taken weeks to heal.
wound
▪ His own wounds were healing quickly and the pain was almost gone.
▪ The wound would immediately heal, the waste land become green, and the saving hero himself be installed as king.
▪ Peggy Monroe was young and her wounds had healed over.
▪ When they were injured, their wounds failed to heal.
▪ Bush said, for the agony to end, for the wounds to be healed.
▪ But it seems their wounds will never heal.
▪ She could return to the place of warmth, where all wounds would be healed.
■ VERB
begin
▪ The police investigation had passed, the wounds had begun to heal, normality had returned.
▪ As they begin to heal, will they regain their faith in humanity?
▪ Madra's wounds began to heal, but her voice did not come back.
▪ Bringing this to the light of day, she began the process of healing.
▪ Only at this point can we begin healing ourselves and our broken world.
help
▪ By speaking out about envy between women, comedy can play a part in helping us to heal it in ourselves.
▪ They have succeeded in business and are using their unique gifts to help and heal a wounded nation.
▪ Music has the power to help and to heal.
▪ He told them that new relationships could help them heal.
▪ Our parents search for strict guidelines to help heal their confused feelings towards us.
▪ It is your hope that because of your faith in St Francis he will help you and heal your donkey.
▪ That is supposed to create scar tissue which helps the tendon to heal.
▪ As a pastor, my job is to help and to heal the hurting person, even if you disagree with him.
need
▪ A magnanimous gesture from the founders of the Open Software Foundation is needed now to heal any lingering breeches in the industry.
▪ Receding or inflamed gums will need good nutrition to heal.
▪ We could discuss the fact that the Earth and his work environment need to be healed.
▪ Both said that doctors need to stand for healing and the preservation of life.
▪ They should take note of medical studies, which show some form of forgiveness is needed for scars to heal.
▪ The healers themselves always needed healing, as their own naked bodies blistered in the sun.
▪ Our inner wounds need to be healed.
try
▪ Should he try to heal the breach between Andrew Neil and Lamont?
▪ We are trying to heal the divisions, put the past behind us.
▪ Oh, and Mashburn and team officials argued for weeks about whether he should undergo knee surgery or try healing through rest.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
holistic medicine/treatment/healing etc
▪ Finding a therapist to help you Many complementary therapies exist which are concerned with holistic healing.
▪ Herbalism: a holistic treatment involving the use of herbal remedies specifically chosen and blended for different conditions.
▪ In the centre, we record part of my daily routine for self-help holistic medicine which includes pectoral muscle exercises.
▪ It is usually called holistic medicine or holistic health.
▪ Paracelsus's influence on homoeopathy and holistic medicine is genuine, but the paracelsian legacy is much wider.
▪ She sent him books on holistic medicine and nutrition.
▪ The concepts of self-defense and self-repair are central contributions of holistic medicine.
▪ The second axiom of holistic medicine is that each person is unique and each program must be individualized.
time is a great healer/heals all wounds
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A sprain usually takes longer to heal than a broken bone.
▪ Madame Bernice claimed to be able to heal people simply by laying her hands on their bodies.
▪ They believe they have healed themselves using the "power of the mind."
▪ This cream is good for healing minor cuts and bruises.
▪ We've seen dozens of marriages failed and families healed here at the center.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But those who have clearly not been healed do not appear discouraged.
▪ Early on the ninth night, he tells us, the crucial healing dance began.
▪ Given half a chance, his body was healing, repairing itself.
▪ Some survive, of course: time heals a few wounds, wounds a few heels.
Wikipedia

Heal

Heal(s) may refer to:

  • Healing, the process of repair and regeneration of damaged organic tissue
  • Heal (surname)
  • Ian Healy (born 1964), nicknamed "Heals", Australian cricketer
  • Heal's, a British department store
  • Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives, formerly Health Education AIDS Liaison (HEAL), an organization of AIDS denialists

Heal (Sacred Reich album)

Heal is the fourth and final studio album by American thrash metal band Sacred Reich, released February 27, 1996 by Metal Blade Records.

Heal (Loreen album)

Heal is the debut studio album by Swedish recording artist Loreen. The album was released on 24 October 2012 through Warner Music Sweden. It received positive reviews from critics and received commercial success in the charts, notably reaching number one in Sweden and was certified Platinum there.

Four singles were released from the album, "Euphoria" was released in February 2012 as the lead single, "My Heart Is Refusing Me" was released in international markets in a new remixed version as the second single in October 2012, "Crying Out Your Name" was released in Sweden only as the second single the same month. "In My Head" was released as the fourth single in February 2013. A fifth single "We Got the Power" was released as the lead single from the reissued version of "Heal" that was released in May 2013.

Heal (surname)

Heal is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Aaron Heal, Australian cricketer
  • Ambrose Heal, English furniture designer and businessman
  • Marc Heal, English musician
  • Shane Heal, Australian basketball player
  • Sylvia Heal, British Member of Parliament
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Heal

Heal \Heal\ (h[=e]l), v. i. To grow sound; to return to a sound state; as, the limb heals, or the wound heals; -- sometimes with up or over; as, it will heal up, or over.

Those wounds heal ill that men do give themselves.
--Shak.

Heal

Heal \Heal\ (h[=e]l), v. t. [See Hele.] To cover, as a roof, with tiles, slate, lead, or the like.

Heal

Heal \Heal\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Healed (h[=e]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Healing.] [OE. helen, h[ae]len, AS. h[=ae]lan, fr. h[=a]l hale, sound, whole; akin to OS. h[=e]lian, D. heelen, G. heilen, Goth. hailjan. See Whole.]

  1. To make hale, sound, or whole; to cure of a disease, wound, or other derangement; to restore to soundness or health.

    Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
    --Matt. viii. 8.

  2. To remove or subdue; to cause to pass away; to cure; -- said of a disease or a wound.

    I will heal their backsliding.
    --Hos. xiv. 4.

  3. To restore to original purity or integrity.

    Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters.
    --2 Kings ii. 21.

  4. To reconcile, as a breach or difference; to make whole; to free from guilt; as, to heal dissensions.

Heal

Heal \Heal\, n. [AS. h[=ae]lu, h[=ae]l. See Heal, v. t.] Health. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Wiktionary

heal

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

n. (context obsolete English) health vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make better from a disease, wound, etc.; to revive or cure. 2 (context intransitive English) To become better. 3 To reconcile, as a breach or difference; to make whole; to free from guilt.

WordNet

heal

  1. v. heal or recover; "My broken leg is mending" [syn: mend]

  2. get healthy again; "The wound is healing slowly"

  3. provide a cure for, make healthy again; "The treatment cured the boy's acne"; "The quack pretended to heal patients but never managed to" [syn: bring around, cure]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

heal

Old English hælan "cure; save; make whole, sound and well," from Proto-Germanic *hailjan (cognates: 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.

Usage examples of "heal".

While Jerry was wondering if he should take a short beer after all, a couple of gulps just to heal the dryness in his throat, a name was called nearby in a familiar voice.

What the average Southlander cares about is whether those ash bows that are so good for hunting and those silk scarves the women love and those great cheeses and ales that come out of Varfleet and those healing plants grown on the Streleheim can find their way south to them!

The healing amnionic fluid generated by the spore-forming glands, after the transparent amber sphere had enclosed him, offered Lavon his only chance.

But in spite of the foreboding and the grave warnings of friends, at the Amritsar Congress in 1919 I fought for co-operation and working the Montagu-Chelmsford reforms, hoping that the Prime Minister would redeem his promise to the Indian Mussalmans, that the Punjab wound would be healed and that the reforms inadequate and unsatisfactory though they were, marked a new era of hope in the life of India.

Angelika, our skin specialist, created this recipe to be filling, antiaging, and healing for most skin problems: I eat this three times a week, and my fifty-plus skin looks twenty years younger.

It was all apurpose, all to make her angry enough to work her Healing on Siuan and Leane, to prove herself to the Yellows.

I retained the best of the furniture from our Hampstead apartment, at that time the exemplar of restrained urban taste: Hille couch and armchairs in wood and moquette, Heals sideboard in sycamore, an original Ercol dining-room set, Luminator lamps from Arte Luce, Aubusson needlepoint rugs.

A three-second backflow, when I was seventeen years old, had burned a scar in my hand that had never really healed, the size of a silver coin.

The family travelled to Balmoral a few days later and the clear air and dramatic landscape began to work their healing magic.

The wine served, a rich burgundy, was of the finest quality, and afterward they all sipped the traditional Benedictine liqueur, a strange-tasting, herbed cordial which Sir Anthony claimed was imbued with secret healing qualities.

She checked the knots in the jesses, too, and found that one of the birds had a festered place in its leg from top-tight knots, which she treated with cold water and a poultice of healing leaves.

It was healed, but she then looked at her wrists, and the insides of her elbows, and closed her eyes, not even wanting to think about the bites that had landed on her inner thighs.

Master Bar Arnan went to Cana to seek out a rabbi, and the man healed his son then and there.

Some were healing cards that felt warm, or crop-growing cards that smelt of earth, or whatever.

If every Gen were a Companion, the channels could devote themselves to healing.