- to recover health and strength after illness; make progress toward recovery of health.
Origin of convalesce
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Examples from the Web for convalesce
It was an extraordinarily beautiful perch from which to contemplate everything and convalesce.The Collector: Rebecca Solnit on Textual Pleasure, Punk, and More
July 2, 2013
Instead she will convalesce quietly at home at Windsor Castle.Queen Has Trots
March 2, 2013
Lydia later returned to convalesce at Grayson Manor, where she was more or less kept a prisoner by Victoria.‘Revenge’: The 12 Most Memorable Twists in the Wicked First Season
May 24, 2012
It took Mrs. Upton a fortnight to get over one of these visits—to convalesce."Run To Seed"
Thomas Nelson Page
But was she back from Scotland, where they knew she had gone to convalesce?When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
These were happy days; I had nothing to do but to convalesce.Who Goes There?
Blackwood Ketcham Benson
What would she say if told that the caller meant to wait right there until Mr. Baird should convalesce?Merton of the Movies
Harry Leon Wilson
She began to convalesce slowly but surely, and one day she turned the nurses out of the room and sent for her Uncle Robert.The Bride of the Tomb and Queenie's Terrible Secret
Mrs. Alexander McVeigh Miller
- (intr) to recover from illness, injury, or the aftereffects of a surgical operation, esp by resting
C15: from Latin convalēscere, from com- (intensive) + valēscere to grow strong, from valēre to be strong
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Word Origin and History for convalesce
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate.
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