Meaning of “therapy” in the English Dictionary

"therapy" in British English

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therapynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈθer.ə.pi/ us /ˈθer.ə.pi/

B2 a treatment that helps someone feel better, grow stronger, etc., especially after an illness:

occupational therapy
speech therapy
group therapy
Joining a club can be a therapy for loneliness.

More examples

  • Have you had any therapy for your depression?
  • The centre has developed a form of therapy for autistic children.
  • You could have some therapy to improve mobility in that leg.

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

"therapy" in American English

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therapynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈθer·ə·pi/

treatment to help a person get better from the effects of a disease or injury:

[ U ] With physical therapy, you should eventually be able to walk again.
therapist
noun [ C ] us /ˈθer·ə·pɪst/

a physical/speech therapist

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