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A Word A Day — convalesce

Good evening Netizens…

April 08, 2013

Word of the Day

  • convalesce
  • audio pronunciation
  • \kahn-vuh-LESS\
  • DEFINITION
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verb

: to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness
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According to the article, the athlete is still convalescing from her recent injury but expects to resume her training schedule by the end of the month.

“Kenyon … was 8 years old when he was struck [by a car]. He had to limit his activities to the quiet kind, so his parents figured piano lessons would give him something to do while he convalesced.” — From an article by Charles Hand in the San Diego Union-Tribune, February 24, 2013

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When you convalesce, you heal or grow strong after illness or injury, often by staying off your feet. (The related adjective “convalescent” means “recovering from sickness or debility,” and a “convalescent home” is a hospital for long-term recuperation and rehabilitation.) The word “convalesce” derives from Latin, from the prefix “com-” (“with, together, jointly”) and the verb “valescere” (“to grow strong”). “Valescere,” in turn, is related to the verb “val─ôre” (“to be strong or be well”), which is also an ancestor of “prevail,” “valor,” “value,” and “valid.”

From Merriam-Webster Online at www.Merriam-Webster.com.

 

Dave


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