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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Heal
To cover, as a roof, with tiles, slate, lead, or the like.

Etymology: See Hele

verb Heal
  1. To make hale, sound, or whole; to cure of a disease, wound, or other derangement; to restore to soundness or health."Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed." [Matt. viii. 8.]
  2. To remove or subdue; to cause to pass away; to cure; -- said of a disease or a wound."I will heal their backsliding." [Hos. xiv. 4.]
  3. To restore to original purity or integrity."Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters." [2 Kings ii. 21.]
  4. To reconcile, as a breach or difference; to make whole; to free from guilt; as, to heal dissensions.

Etymology: OE. helen hælen, AS. hǣlan, fr. hāl hale, sound, whole; akin to OS. hēlian, D. heelen, G. heilen, Goth. hailjan. See Whole

verb Heal
To grow sound; to return to a sound state; as, the limb heals, or the wound heals ; -- sometimes with up or over; as, it will heal up, or over.
noun Heal

Etymology: AS. hǣlu hǣl. See Heal (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Provide a cure for, make healthy again ("The quack pretended to heal patients but never managed to")
  2. Get healthy again ("The wound is healing slowly")
  3. Heal or recover

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 helmet, Scots heal (“to cover, hide, conceal, keep secret”), Dutch helen (“to conceal”), German hehlen (“to conceal”), Swedish häla (“hide”) and hälare (“fence”) (peddler of stolen goods), Latin cēlō (“conceal”). Related to hole, hull.

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”), Saterland 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.

  1. (role-playing games, countable) A spell or ability that restores hit points or removes a status ailment.
  2. (obsolete, uncountable) health

    heal was also found in the following language(s): Estonian, Scots, and West Frisian

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Heal

    Shane Heal is a basketball player for the South East Queensland Stars, Sydney Kings, Brisbane Bullets, Geelong Supercats, Minnesota Timberwolves, Near East B.C., and Andrea Costa Imola in the Women's National Basketball League. He was most active from 1988 to 2009. Shane was born on September 6th, 1970 in Melbourne.


    Sylvia Heal is a Chairman of Ways and Means. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to 2010. Sylvia was born on July 20th, 1942 in Shotton, Flintshire.


    Jane was born on October 21st, 1946.


    Ambrose was born on September 3rd, 1872 in Crouch End. He breathed his last breath on November 5th, 1959.


    John Heal was a publican. John was given the name John Daniel Heal on January 18th, 1825 in Turleigh. He passed away on August 18th, 1908.


    Stan was born on July 30th, 1920. He breathed his last breath on December 15th, 2010.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Heal U.S.
      White 81.24% 64.26%
      African American 5.55% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.50% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.30% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.35% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 10.06% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Heal

    People with the last name Heal are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Heal

    • How Popular is the name Heal? As a last name Heal was the 14,827th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Heal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Heal is Wednesday, May 9th, 1894.
    • How unique is the name Heal? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Heal. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Heal: Your name in reverse order is Laeh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hael. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Heal? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,999 people with the last name Heal.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Heal? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Heal as their last name since less than 1 person in 147k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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