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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.


vb. (en-past of: heal)


adj. freed from illness or injury; "the patient appears cured"; "the incision is healed"; "appears to be entirely recovered"; "when the recovered patient tries to remember what occurred during his delirium"- Normon Cameron [syn: cured, recovered]

Usage examples of "healed".

A greenstick fracture of the ulna was visible but the injury was so well healed that the splint and bandage were superfluous.

They doubted he had ever met crystal singers before or knew that their minor bruises, lacerations and contusions healed overnight, leaving them fully able to cope with the new day's ordeals.

Four longer days I never endured, filled with constant cuffs that added new bruises to barely healed ones and new obscenities to a list my limited experience had never wildly imagined.

The tired mind of the man grew, healed, strengthened and blossomed until she was a mere fraction of the total, lost in the greater part of this immense mental whole.

Oh, and your shoulder's healed," he added as he gave her the second set of shots.

Odd blotches marred his face where the fringe punctures had healed but left bleached circles.

I dislocated my shoulder twice falling off Splendora, who had healed sound after the thorn incident.

They kept her locked up for three weeks, until her wounds were well healed and they were certain she carried no trace of contagion.

If doing some work delayed his return until his bones were fully healed, she must be grateful.

If the light wasn't deceiving her, his nose was thicker and there were discoloured patches and barely healed cuts on his face.

They looked tougher and many had odd cicatrix along their bodies and limbs, suggesting healed wounds.

Why the color of the bruising and the state of the tissue already healed show you were injured weeks ago.

The numerous small nicks and cuts that were a singer's occupational hazard had healed to thin white scars.

Rimbol's cheek and forehead were liberally decorated by newly healed scars.

She hadn't had her lungs healed just to mess them up again inhaling this sort of crud.