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’
    • ‘While convalescing he learnt to sail and subsequently sailed for the London Hospital.’
    • ‘Good wishes were extended to Mrs Margaret Kelly-White who is convalescing in a nursing home after a recent illness.’
    • ‘I really got down to writing him a letter only when he was convalescing at a Boston clinic, after a stroke.’
    • ‘But he was highly sensitive, easily discouraged by setbacks; and in 1915 resigned from his union post to convalesce from alcoholism.’
    • ‘Robert Robinson, who is convalescing after an illness, is said to have been flattered the show was coming back and looking forward to watching it.’
    • ‘I had whooping cough, was sick for a week or two and convalesced in bed under the lilac tree in our back yard.’
    • ‘During house jobs, she contracted pulmonary tuberculosis, and while convalescing she spent a few months in South Africa, where her father was working as a medical missionary.’
    • ‘While she convalesced from her serious illness, she watched the world-famous Whitbread Race on television and was transfixed by the entire event.’
    • ‘By 7.30 pm that day, he was out of theatre after a six-hour operation and last month he left hospital to convalesce.’
    • ‘Swann spends nine months convalescing morosely, only snapping out of it when his housekeeper, played with tight-lipped understatement by Sarah Lancashire, buys him a camera.’
    • ‘Billy Martin once called plays by phone, from his hospital bed, while convalescing from a punctured lung.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Home Secretary is recovering well and is in contact with the office, although he will use the Christmas period to convalesce fully.’
    • ‘My friend's daughter is convalescing well and on vacation in Florida.’
    • ‘He underwent nine hours of surgery then convalesced for months.’
    • ‘Determined to return to the profession he loves, he convalesced for 10 months by taking a post in the fire safety education department.’
    • ‘It was while she was convalescing that she decided on a career in medicine, entering the all-woman Royal Free Medical School in London when she was 17.’
    • ‘As her father convalesced and improved, Cavell was convinced that nursing was her destiny.’
    • ‘While convalescing he met his wife, Phyllis, a nurse.’
    • ‘At present I am convalescing from what, by all accounts, was a rather spectacular heart attack.’
    recuperate, get better, recover, get well, regain one's health, regain one's strength, get back on one's feet, get over something, get back to normal
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Late 15th century: from Latin convalescere, from con- ‘altogether’ + valescere ‘grow strong’ (from valere ‘be well’).