Definition of convalesce verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

convalesce

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌkɒnvəˈles//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnvəˈles//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they convalesce
BrE BrE//ˌkɒnvəˈles//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnvəˈles//
 
he / she / it convalesces
BrE BrE//ˌkɒnvəˈlesɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnvəˈlesɪz//
 
past simple convalesced
BrE BrE//ˌkɒnvəˈlest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnvəˈlest//
 
past participle convalesced
BrE BrE//ˌkɒnvəˈlest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnvəˈlest//
 
-ing form convalescing
BrE BrE//ˌkɒnvəˈlesɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnvəˈlesɪŋ//
 
Recovering from illness
 
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(formal) to spend time getting your health and strength back after an illness synonym recuperate She is convalescing at home after her operation. See related entries: Recovering from illness Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Latin convalescere, from con- ‘altogether’ + valescere ‘grow strong’ (from valere ‘be well’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: convalesce