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verb heal pronunciation in British English /hiːl/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehealing
past tensehealed
past participlehealed

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if an injury heals, the skin or bone grows back together and becomes healthy again

    The wound took a long time to heal.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a part of the body healthy again after an injury

      Vitamin K is needed by the body for healing cuts and bruises.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to make someone healthy again after they have been ill, especially by using methods other than medicine

      The body will heal itself if given the chance.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if an emotional problem heals, or if something heals it, you become happy again

    She realized that the pain of her loss had never truly healed.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to repair damage to land

    Nature has started to heal the scars left by the mines.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to make people stop fighting and have a better relationship

    He said it was time for the country's wounds to be healed.

    heal a rift/division/breach:

    The meeting was called in an effort to heal the rift between the two presidents.

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