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’
    • ‘But he was highly sensitive, easily discouraged by setbacks; and in 1915 resigned from his union post to convalesce from alcoholism.’
    • ‘As her father convalesced and improved, Cavell was convinced that nursing was her destiny.’
    • ‘By 7.30 pm that day, he was out of theatre after a six-hour operation and last month he left hospital to convalesce.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Billy Martin once called plays by phone, from his hospital bed, while convalescing from a punctured lung.’
    • ‘Determined to return to the profession he loves, he convalesced for 10 months by taking a post in the fire safety education department.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While she convalesced from her serious illness, she watched the world-famous Whitbread Race on television and was transfixed by the entire event.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I really got down to writing him a letter only when he was convalescing at a Boston clinic, after a stroke.’
    • ‘He underwent nine hours of surgery then convalesced for months.’
    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’).