W1S1 [helθ] n [U]
[: Old English; Origin: hAlth, from hal; WHOLE1]
1.) the general condition of your body and how healthy you are
I'm worried about my husband's health.
Smoking can seriously damage your health .
things that can be done to improve the health of older people
I have always enjoyed good health .
Sara had to leave her job due to ill health .
He is 75 and in poor health .
A low-fat diet is better for your health .
The type of vitamin needed depends on the state of health of the individual.
a young man with mental health problems
the health benefits of doing yoga
Air pollution is a serious health hazard .
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
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 atclean1 (13)
COLLOCATES for sense 1
damage your health
improve your health
good/excellent health
poor/ill health
failing health (=when someone is becoming more ill)
be in good/excellent/the best of health
be in poor health
be good/bad for your health
somebody's state of health
mental health
health care
health problem
health benefits (of something)
health risk/hazard (=something that could damage your health)
health warning (=a warning printed on a product that can harm you)
HINT sense 1
Do not say that something is 'good for health' or 'bad for health'. Say that it is good for your health or bad for your health.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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