v. healed, heal·ing, heals
a. To restore to health or soundness; cure: healed the sick patient.
b. To ease or relieve (emotional distress): Only time can heal her grief.
2. To set right; repair: healed the rift between us.
a. To recover from an illness or injury; return to health.
b. To experience relief from emotional distress: gave the grieving family time to heal.
2. To be relieved or eliminated: The rift between them finally healed.
[Middle English healen, from Old English hǣlan; see kailo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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