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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To recover health and strength gradually, after sickness or weakness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grow better after sickness; make progress toward the recovery of health.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get over an illness or shock


Late Middle English convalesshe, from Latin convalēscere : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + valēscere, to grow strong, inchoative of valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin convalscere; con- + valescere, to grow strong, valere to be strong. (Wiktionary)



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