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convalesce Line breaks: con|va¦lesce
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒnvəˈlɛs/

Definition of convalesce in English:


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Recover one’s health and strength over a period of time after an illness or medical treatment: 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, regain one's strength/health, get back on one's feet, get over something, get back to normal;
be on the road to recovery, be on the mend, improve


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

  • Convalesce is from Latin convalescere, from con- ‘altogether’ and valescere ‘grow strong’.

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