Definition of health |

[ helth ]

/ hɛlθ /



the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.

soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one’s health; to lose one’s health.

a polite or complimentary wish for a person’s health, happiness, etc., especially as a toast: We drank a health to our guest of honor.

vigor; vitality: economic health.



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Origin of health

before 1000; Middle English helthe,Old English hǣlth.See hale1, whole, -th1


healthward, adjective, adverbsub·health, noun


health , heath

Words nearby health

Healey, healing, healing by first intention, healing by second intention, healing by third intention, health, health camp, health card, healthcare, healthcare proxy, health centre Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Words related to health

energy, strength, well-being, fitness, verdure, tone, healthiness, shape, pink, constitution, fettle, euphoria, stamina, state, complexion, soundness, vigor, form, haleness, bloom

Example sentences from the Web for health

  • That stance has, over the years, created an unfounded perception in health care that any disease that is transmitted through aerosols has to be extremely contagious.

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  • There are two critical hints from that study, as well as others, that could guide how convalescent-plasma therapy could be used in coming months, as schools and businesses reopen and health officials brace for more cases.

    How Convalescent Plasma Could Help Fight COVID-19|Alice Park|August 24, 2020|Time

  • She was finally able to see a doctor to resolve her lingering gynecological health problem, although the daily headaches are still there.

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  • We attract exceptionally talented students who are engineers and health care providers who are graduating and they’re being commissioned at commencement.

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  • He talks a lot about how the health of the nation depends on his health.

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  • We indulge in expensive cold-pressed juices and SoulCycle classes, justifying these purchases as investments in our health.

    How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • The health, happiness and well-being of men, children and women improve.

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  • He beat his illness twice, wrote about his battles with the disease, and continued broadcasting even as his health was failing.

    Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • But medical experts say being able to take advantage of American health care almost certainly prolonged his life.

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  • You already protect you, and look after you in sickness and in health.

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  • Why was he not strong in health and body like the people about him, and yet for whom did he wish to labor?

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  • Broken in health and in fortune, he went to Colorado in 1879, where he remained seven years.

    Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847-1865|Ward Hill Lamon

  • And then I lived too low, I fear; and any way I have got pretty low and out at elbows in health.

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  • Health in manhood and womanhood depends on how the health is cared for in childhood.

    Health Lessons|Alvin Davison

  • He turned his attention to Pomerania, though the injuries his health had suffered drove him to take the waters at Carlsbad.

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British Dictionary definitions for health


/ (hɛlθ) /


the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease

the general condition of body and mindin poor health

the condition of any unit, society, etcthe economic health of a nation

a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc

(modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the healthhealth food; a health store

(modifier) of or relating to health, esp to the administration of healtha health committee; health resort; health service


an exclamation wishing someone good health as part of a toast (in the phrases your health, good health, etc)

Word Origin for health

Old English hǣlth; related to hāl hale 1

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for health


[ hĕlth ]


The overall condition of an organism at a given time.

Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.

The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Idioms and Phrases with health


see clean bill of health.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.