- heal [ hil ] verb **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.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.b ) intransitive or transitive to make someone healthy again after they have been sick, especially using methods other than medicine:The body will heal itself if given the chance.c ) intransitive or transitive if emotional problems heal, or something heals them, you become happy again:She realized that the pain of her loss had never truly healed.d ) transitive to repair damage to land:Nature has started to heal the scars left by the mines.2. ) 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.,heal `over phrasal verb intransitiveif an injury heals over, new skin forms over it and it becomes healthy again,heal `up phrasal verb intransitiveif an injury heals up, the skin or bone grows back together and becomes healthy again:The cut wasn't healing up the way it should.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.