Definition of convalesce in English:


Syllabification: con·va·lesce
Pronunciation: /ˌkänvəˈles


[no object]
  • Recover one’s health and strength over a period of time after an illness or operation: he spent eight months convalescing after the stroke
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    • Women are encouraged to leave hospital within hours of delivery, with home support provided by visiting midwives; women with private health insurance usually choose to convalesce in private hospitals.
    • As her father convalesced and improved, Cavell was convinced that nursing was her destiny.
    • Good wishes were extended to Mrs Margaret Kelly-White who is convalescing in a nursing home after a recent illness.
    recuperate, get better, recover, get well, get back on one's feet


late 15th century: from Latin convalescere, from con- 'altogether' + valescere 'grow strong' (from valere 'be well').

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