convalesce

verb
con·​va·​lesce | \ˌkän-və-ˈles \
convalesced; convalescing

Definition of convalesce 

intransitive verb

: to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness He is convalescing from influenza.

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Other Words from convalesce

convalescence \ ˌkän-​və-​ˈle-​sᵊn(t)s \ noun
convalescent \ ˌkän-​və-​ˈle-​sᵊnt \ adjective or noun

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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."

Examples of convalesce in a Sentence

He is convalescing from his leg injuries. the long months that the soldier spent in the hospital slowly convalescing

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Youth soccer team members rescued more than two weeks after sudden flooding trapped them in a cave complex in Thailand are now convalescing at a hospital in the northern city of Chiang Rai. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Rescued Thai Boys Being Watched for Illnesses Caught from Cave Animals," 10 July 2018 Though convalescing from oral surgery and bouts with mental illness at Tucker’s Sanatorium in Richmond, Nell Lewis did not let this attack on academic freedom pass silently. Longreads, "Nell Battle Lewis, Storyteller for Jim Crow," 25 May 2018 After being picked up and dusted off by Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool returns to the X-Mansion to convalesce. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Deadpool 2 Is What All Sequels Should Be: Better Than Its Predecessor," 17 May 2018 Trump was preparing to depart the White House for the Walter Reed medical center, where is wife Melania is convalescing after a kidney procedure, when the initial statement warning against joint military exercises emerged on Tuesday afternoon. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "White House scrambles to interpret North Korea summit threat," 16 May 2018 My husband was barely holding it all together, running the new business, trying to keep up with the bills, and catering to a convalescing wife. Aileen Weintraub, Glamour, "My High-Risk Pregnancy Almost Plunged Me Into Financial Ruin," 11 May 2018 The patient, after two weeks of convalescing at the hospital returned home, lighter, healthier and more mobile. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Connecticut Woman's Rare 132-Pound Tumor Removed In Lifesaving Surgery," 4 May 2018 But luckier — and, often, healthier — are the sick who can convalesce with kin at their side. Sushrut Jangi, BostonGlobe.com, "We shouldn’t keep families out of hospital rooms. Here’s why," 1 May 2018 Prosecutors trying Ortega for the murders of 2-year-old Leo and 6-year-old Lucia Krim insist that the nanny concocted her insanity defense while convalescing in the weeks after the crime. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "A Crucial Question at the Nanny Trial: Is She Faking Her Hallucinations?," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of convalesce

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convalesce

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

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convalesce

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convalesce

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

convalesce

verb
con·​va·​lesce | \ˌkän-və-ˈles \
convalesced; convalescing

Kids Definition of convalesce

: to regain health and strength gradually after sickness or injury

convalesce

intransitive verb
con·​va·​lesce | \ˌkän-və-ˈles \
convalesced; convalescing

Medical Definition of convalesce 

: to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness

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