Meaning of “heal” in the English Dictionary

"heal" in British English

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healverb [ I or T ]

us uk /hiːl/

B2 to make or become well again, especially after a cut or other injury:

The wounds were gradually healing (up).
The plaster cast helps to heal the broken bone.

If a bad situation or painful emotion heals, it ends or improves, and if something heals it, it makes it end or improve:

Peace talks were held to try to heal the growing rift between the two sides.
A broken heart takes a long time to heal.

More examples

  • I've broken my leg, but the doctor says that it's a clean break, so it should heal easily.
  • The wound healed, but the redness remained for a long time.
  • Do stop picking at that spot, or it will never heal.
  • People believed that the bones of St Swithin had the power to heal the sick.
  • It can take months for a torn muscle to heal.
noun [ U ] us uk /ˈhiː.lɪŋ/

This herb has been used in healing for centuries.

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

"heal" in American English

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healverb [ I/T ]

us /hil/

to make or become healthy or whole again:

[ I ] As people age, they tend to heal more slowly.
[ T ] Steroids are produced by the body to help heal damaged tissue.

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