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Language: Old English
Origin: hælan

heal

verb
     
heal [intransitive and transitive]
1 also heal up if a wound or a broken bone heals or is healed, the flesh, skin, or bone grows back together and becomes healthy again:
It took three months for my arm to heal properly.
2 to make someone who is ill become healthy again, especially by using natural powers or prayer [↪ cure]:
a preacher who claims that he can heal the sick
3 to become mentally or emotionally strong again after a bad experience, or to help someone to do this:
The trauma of divorce can often be healed by successful remarriage.
4 if an argument or disagreement between people heals or you heal it, the people stop arguing or disagreeing
heal the wounds/breach/division/rift
Our main goal must be to heal the divisions in our society.
The rift between the two younger men never healed.

heal over

phrasal verb
if a wound or an area of broken skin heals over, new skin grows over it and it becomes healthy again

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