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Etymology 1Edit

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 Scots heal (to cover, hide, conceal, keep secret), Dutch helen (to conceal), German hehlen (to conceal), Latin cēlō (conceal). Related to hole, hull.

Alternative formsEdit


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 2Edit

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), Eastern 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
Derived termsEdit
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heal (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) health
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heal (uncountable)

  1. health

West FrisianEdit


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




  1. half