convalesce late 15c., from L. convalescere "thrive, regain health," from com-, intensive prefix (see COM- (Cf. com-)), + valescere "to begin to grow strong," inchoative of valere "to be strong" (see VALIANT (Cf. valiant)). Only in Caxton and Scottish writers until 19c. Related: Convalesced; convalescing.

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  • convalesce — [kän΄və les′] vi. convalesced, convalescing [L convalescere, to begin to grow strong < com , intens. + valescere, to grow strong, inchoative of valere, to be strong: see VALUE] to recover gradually from illness; regain strength and health …   English World dictionary

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  • convalesce — UK [ˌkɒnvəˈles] / US [ˌkɑnvəˈles] verb [intransitive] Word forms convalesce : present tense I/you/we/they convalesce he/she/it convalesces present participle convalescing past tense convalesced past participle convalesced to spend time resting… …   English dictionary

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  • convalesce — con|va|lesce [ˌkɔnvəˈles US ˌka:n ] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: convalescere, from com ( COM ) + valescere [i] to grow strong ] to spend time getting well after an illness = ↑recover ▪ the time needed to convalesce after an operation …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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