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convalesce

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verb con·va·lesce \ˌkän-və-ˈles\

Simple Definition of convalesce

  • : to become healthy and strong again slowly over time after illness, weakness, or injury

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of convalesce

convalescedconvalescing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness

convalescence play \-ˈle-sən(t)s\ noun
convalescent play \-sənt\ adjective or noun

Examples of convalesce in a sentence

  1. He is convalescing from his leg injuries.

  2. <the long months that the soldier spent in the hospital slowly convalescing>



Did You Know?

When you convalesce, you heal or grow strong after illness or injury, often by staying off your feet. (The related adjective convalescent means "recovering from sickness or debility," and a "convalescent home" is a hospital for long-term recuperation and rehabilitation.) The word convalesce derives from Latin, from the prefix com- ("with, together, jointly") and the verb "valescere" ("to grow strong"). "Valescere," in turn, is related to the verb "valēre" ("to be strong or be well"), which is also an ancestor of "prevail," "valor," "value," and "valid."

Origin of convalesce

Latin convalescere, from com- + valescere to grow strong, from valēre to be strong, be well — more at wield


First Known Use: 15th century


CONVALESCE Defined for Kids

convalesce

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verb con·va·lesce \ˌkän-və-ˈles\

Definition of convalesce for Students

convalescedconvalescing

  1. :  to regain health and strength gradually after sickness or injury




Medical Dictionary

convalesce

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intransitive verb con·va·lesce \ˌkän-və-ˈles\

Medical Definition of convalesce

convalesced; convalescing

  1. :  to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness





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