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heal

heal

 
 
pronunciation:
hil
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: healed, healing, heals
definition 1: to make whole or healthy; cure.
The doctor healed the soldier's wounds.They've found no way to heal people of this rare disease.With this kind of injury, the skin can usually heal itself.She insisted on trying to heal herself instead of being treated by a doctor.
synonyms:
cure, repair
antonyms:
aggravate, exacerbate
similar words:
doctor, nurse, rehabilitate, remedy, restore, treat
definition 2: to make unified or harmonious again, as after conflict.
The speech was meant to heal the country.
synonyms:
unify
antonyms:
hurt
similar words:
remedy, repair
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become cured of injury or illness.
He was badly injured, but he's healing quickly.Your cut seems to be healing well.
synonyms:
recover, recuperate
similar words:
improve, mend, perk up
definition 2: to cause healing of injuries or illness.
As a doctor, my goal is to heal.
synonyms:
cure
similar words:
doctor
derivation: healed (adj.)
Homophone Note
The words heal and heel, and the contraction he'll (he will), sound alike but have different meanings.
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