convalesce

verb

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

intransitive verb

: to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness
He is convalescing from influenza.
convalescence noun
convalescent 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 comes from the Latin verb convalescere, which combines the prefix com-/con-, meaning "with, together, jointly," with the verb valescere, meaning "to grow strong." Valescere, in turn, is related to the verb valēre, meaning "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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of convalesce was in the 15th century

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“Convalesce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convalesce. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

convalesce

verb
con·​va·​lesce ˌkän-və-ˈles How to pronounce convalesce (audio)
convalesced; convalescing
: to regain health and strength gradually after illness or weakness

Medical Definition

convalesce

intransitive verb
con·​va·​lesce ˌkän-və-ˈles How to pronounce convalesce (audio)
convalesced; convalescing
: to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness

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