Convalesce

[ kon-vuh-les ]

Usage Over Time

Part of Speech

verb

Definition

to recover health and strength after illness; make progress toward recovery of health

Origin + Etymology

Late 15th century; Latin

from Latin convalescere, from con- ‘altogether’ + valescere ‘grow strong’ (from valere ‘be well’)

Synonyms

  • recuperate
  • mend
  • restore

Antonyms

  • break
  • damage
  • destroy
  • weaken
  • deteriorate

Example

The patient spent 6 months in physical therapy convalescing after his injury.

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