convalesce

verb
con·​va·​lesce | \ ˌkän-və-ˈles How to pronounce convalesce (audio) \
convalesced; convalescing

Definition of convalesce

intransitive verb

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

Other Words from convalesce

convalescence \ ˌkän-​və-​ˈle-​sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce convalesce (audio) \ noun
convalescent \ ˌkän-​və-​ˈle-​sᵊnt How to pronounce convalesce (audio) \ 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. Convalesce derives from the Latin verb convalescere, which combines the prefix com- ("with, together, jointly") with 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
Recent Examples on the Web Bow soon after entered Glendale Sanitarium to convalesce from the ordeal. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Twenty critically endangered juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were flown from New England to the subtropical Florida Keys to convalesce at the Marathon Turtle Hospital after being rescued from Cape Cod Bay’s frigid coastal waters. orlandosentinel.com, 11 Dec. 2021 The rich with mild cases can convalesce at expensive hotels. New York Times, 5 June 2021 The rich with mild cases can convalesce at expensive hotels. New York Times, 5 June 2021 The rich with mild cases can convalesce at expensive hotels. New York Times, 5 June 2021 The rich with mild cases can convalesce at expensive hotels. New York Times, 5 June 2021 The rich with mild cases can convalesce at expensive hotels. New York Times, 5 June 2021 Finally, Tanajara was forced to leave the training facility in Riverside, California, and return to San Antonio to convalesce. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 8 July 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convalesce. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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convalesce

verb
con·​va·​lesce | \ ˌkän-və-ˈles How to pronounce convalesce (audio) \
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 How to pronounce convalesce (audio) \
convalesced; convalescing

Medical Definition of convalesce

: to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness

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