Meaning of “healthy” in the English Dictionary

"healthy" in British English

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healthyadjective

uk /ˈhel.θi/ us /ˈhel.θi/

healthy adjective (HEALTH)

A2 strong and well:

She's a normal, healthy child.
He looks healthy enough.

showing that you are strong and well:

The walk had given her a healthy glow.
a healthy appetite

A2 good for your health:

a healthy diet
a good, healthy walk

More examples

  • A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you to keep your body healthy.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables form an important part of a healthy diet.
  • The children never eat very much, but they seem quite healthy.
  • The population as a whole is getting healthier.
  • A healthy body will be able to fight off the illness naturally without the use of medicine.
healthily
adverb uk /ˈhel.θəl.i/ us /ˈhel.θəl.i/

Eat healthily (= eat foods that are good for you) and take plenty of exercise.

(Definition of “healthy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"healthy" in American English

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healthyadjective

us /ˈhel·θi/

having, showing, or encouraging good health:

As long as the baby is healthy, I don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl.

Healthy can mean positive:

She had a healthy attitude toward life and was fun to be with.

Something is described as healthy if it is financially successful and strong:

The real-estate market is much healthier today than it was ten years ago.

A healthy amount is a large amount:

Their business showed a healthy profit in its first year.

(Definition of “healthy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"healthy" in Business English

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healthyadjective

uk /ˈhelθi/ us

developing and making money:

Sound macroeconomic and regulatory policies are essential to a healthy financial sector.

large in amount and showing that a company or economy is successful:

Bookings on long-haul routes including Heathrow to New York remain healthy.

good for your health:

healthy eating/living
Eating fruit and vegetables is part of a healthy lifestyle.
Employees should maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life.
healthy foods/meals/snacks
healthily
adverb

The economy should keep growing healthily.

(Definition of “healthy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)