Meaning of HEALTH in English


health S1 W1 /helθ/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ health , ↑ healthiness ; adverb : ↑ healthily ≠ ↑ unhealthily ; adjective : ↑ healthy ≠ ↑ unhealthy ]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: hælth , from hal ; ⇨ ↑ whole 1 ]

1 . the general condition of your body and how healthy you are:

I’m worried about my husband’s health.

2 . the work of providing medical services to keep people healthy:

The government has promised to spend more on health and education.

health insurance

nurses and other health workers

⇨ ↑ public health

3 . when you have no illness or disease:

Even if you haven’t got much money, at least you’ve got your health.

When we last met, he was glowing with health (=was clearly very healthy) .

4 . how successful something such as a business, an organization, or a country’s ↑ economy is:

The monthly trade figures are seen as an indicator of the health of the economy.

⇨ a clean bill of health at ↑ clean 1 (13)

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■ adjectives

▪ good

Physical exercise is essential to good health.

▪ excellent

At the age of 70, her health is excellent.

▪ poor

He wanted to join the army but his health was too poor.

▪ ill health

He retired early due to ill health.

▪ failing health (=when someone is becoming more ill)

Despite failing health, he travelled to Australia to visit his son.

▪ mental health

Poverty affects children's physical and mental health.

▪ physical health

Her physical health was generally good.

▪ sexual health

The programme aims to educate teenagers about sexual health.

▪ general health (=the health of your whole body rather than a particular part)

A balanced diet will improve your general health.

▪ human health

Some chemicals pose a significant risk to human health.

■ verbs

▪ damage your health

There is no doubt that smoking can seriously damage your health.

▪ endanger your health (=cause danger to your health)

Being overweight endangers your health.

▪ improve (somebody's) health

Doing more exercise will improve your health.

▪ somebody's health improves

Her health improved slowly after she came home from hospital.

▪ somebody's health deteriorates (=gets worse)

Her health deteriorated rapidly.

■ health + NOUN

▪ health care (=care from doctors, nurses etc)

Many Americans cannot afford even basic health care.

▪ a health problem

He missed a lot of time at work through health problems.

▪ a health risk/hazard/threat (=something that could damage your health)

The report looked at the health risks linked to eating excess sugar.

▪ health benefits

the health benefits of doing yoga

▪ health effects

The study looked at the long-term health effects of drinking alcohol.

▪ a health warning (=a warning printed on a product that could harm you)

the health warning on cigarette packets

■ phrases

▪ be in good/poor health (=be healthy/unhealthy)

Her parents were elderly and in poor health.

▪ be good/bad for your health

Eating plenty of vegetables is good for your health.

▪ somebody's state of health

Your choice of exercise must depend on your general state of health.

▪ health and well-being

The breakfast program improves the health and well-being of the children.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.