noun, often attributive

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ˈhelthHow to pronounce health (audio)also ˈheltth

1a : the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit She is the picture of health. especially : freedom from physical disease or pain nursed them back to health

b : the general condition of the body How is your mother’s health? in poor health enjoys good health

2a : a condition in which someone or something is thriving or doing well : well-being defending the health of the beloved oceans— Peter Wilkinson

b : general condition or state poor economic health

3 : a toast to someone’s health or prosperity

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We nursed him back to health. He’s in good health these days. He has continued to enjoy good health in his old age. Smoking is bad for your health. He is concerned about his sister’s mental health. We must protect the health of our oceans. The economy is in a period of robust financial health. Investors are worried about the company’s health.

See MoreRecent Examples on the Web Editor’s note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels andhealth conditions into consideration before departure. — Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, “12 Mistakes to Avoid When Renting a Vacation Home, According to Experts,” 20 Sep. 2020 That will have to wait, at least untilhealth conditions improve. — Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, “Raiders ready for big opening act on Las Vegas Strip,” 18 Sep. 2020 Saferia Johnson, a 36-year-old with pre-existinghealth conditions, died from the virus in August after her petitions for release were reportedly denied by a prison warden in Sumterville, Florida. — Clare Hymes, CBS News, “Compassionate release, once seldom used, offers some federal inmates hope,” 18 Sep. 2020 Air quality rated unhealthy blanketed most of the Bay Area, meaning older people, kids and those withhealth conditions should curtail time outside and everyone else should avoid strenuous outdoor activities. — Chronicle Staff,, “California wildfires: Live updates Sept. 14-15,” 18 Sep. 2020 And the data did not include any information about underlyinghealth conditions that could have factored into the results (although a separate CDC study does suggest that gestational diabetes and obesity may be risk factors). — Sarah Jacoby, SELF, “New CDC Data Sheds Light on the COVID-19 Risks Pregnant People Face,” 18 Sep. 2020 Underlyinghealth conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and older age put people into the highest risk groups, according to the CDC. — Shelby Lin Erdman, CNN, “As many as 51% of all school employees are at increased risk of Covid-19, study finds,” 18 Sep. 2020 Children, pregnant women, adults over 65 and people with chronichealth conditions, outdoor workers and people experiencing homelessness all fall into this category. —oregonlive, “Could Oregon’s wildfire smoke lead to a bad flu season and a coronavirus spike?,” 18 Sep. 2020 Officials don’t disclose whether these people had underlyinghealth conditions. — Andrew Boryga,, “Florida reports 3,204 new COVID-19 cases; another 140 people dead,” 18 Sep. 2020

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