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)