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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
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 and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of convalesce for English Language Learners
: to become healthy and strong again slowly over time after illness, weakness, or injury
CONVALESCE Defined for Kids
Definition of convalesce for Students
: to regain health and strength gradually after sickness or injury
Medical Definition of convalesce
: to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness
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