- to feed and protect: to nurture one's offspring.
- to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture promising musicians.
- to bring up; train; educate.
- rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
- development: the nurture of young artists.
- something that nourishes; nourishment; food.
Origin of nurture
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Examples from the Web for nurture
Oddly you nurture it, it is part of you, and inescapably part of your past, present, and future.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
Will asking for a barrel-aged Negroni help to nurture some European class?Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
Nature and nurture, genetics and family background all come into play.Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi
September 21, 2014
For me, it bred the question of what nature and nurture can really do to someone.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba on Her Journey From Track Phenom to Crazy Eyes
June 11, 2014
The literary world he helped found and nurture, and whose landscape he bestrode like the colossus he was—that world is gone.Peter Matthiessen Was One of the Greatest Writers of a Great Generation
April 7, 2014
For government is the nurture of man, and the government of good men is good, and of bad men bad.Menexenus
But to return:—After marriage let us speak of the birth of children, and after their birth of their nurture and education.Laws
But you can't expect anything of them; they've had no nurture.'Brother Copas
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
A mother's tears, Gabriella, nurture great aspirations in a child.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
Every soul may plant and nurture it in its own garden, in its own Eden.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
- the act or process of promoting the development, etc, of a child
- something that nourishes
- biology the environmental factors that partly determine the structure of an organismSee also nature (def. 12)
- to feed or support
- to educate or train
Word Origin and History for nurture
c.1300, "breeding, upbringing," from Old French norture, nourreture "food, nourishment; education, training," from Late Latin nutritia (see nursery).
"to feed or nourish," early 15c., from nurture (n.). Related: Nurtured; nurturing.