Convalesce meaning

kŏn'və-lĕs'
The definition of convalesce is to recover gradually from sickness or injury.

Resting at home after a car accident is an example of convalesce.

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To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate.
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To recover gradually from illness; regain strength and health.
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To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate.
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To recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness.

The patient convalesced for six months after his stroke.

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Origin of convalesce

  • Late Middle English convalesshe from Latin convalēscere com- intensive pref. com– valēscere to grow strong inchoative of valēre to be strong wal- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin convalescere; con- + valescere (“to grow strong”) from valere (“to be strong”).
    From Wiktionary