convalesce
[ kon-vuh-les ]
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Part of Speechverb
Origin + Etymology
Late 15th century; Latinfrom Latin convalescere, from con- ‘altogether’ + valescere ‘grow strong’ (from valere ‘be well’)
Synonyms
  • recuperate
  • mend
  • restore
Antonyms
  • break
  • damage
  • destroy
  • weaken
  • deteriorate
Definition
to recover health and strength after illness; make progress toward recovery of health
Example
The patient spent 6 months in physical therapy to convalesce after his injury.
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