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nurture

[nur-cher] /ˈnɜr tʃər/
verb (used with object), nurtured, nurturing.
1.
to feed and protect:
to nurture one's offspring.
2.
to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster:
to nurture promising musicians.
3.
to bring up; train; educate.
noun
4.
rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
5.
development:
the nurture of young artists.
6.
something that nourishes; nourishment; food.
Origin of nurture
1300-1350
1300-50; (noun) Middle English norture < Middle French, variant of nourriture < Late Latin nūtrītūra a nourishing, equivalent to Latin nūtrīt(us) (past participle of nūtrīre to feed, nourish) + -ūra -ure; (v.) derivative of the noun
Related forms
nurturable, adjective
nurtureless, adjective
nurturer, noun
unnurtured, adjective
well-nurtured, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. See nurse.
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  • Leila, thou hast been nurtured with tenderness, and schooled with care.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Gone with the little courts that nurtured them—gone with Esterhazy and Weimar.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • We are nurtured on it; we are schooled in it, we live by it; and we rarely realize it.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • They had to be nurtured and upheld, no matter how the contacts of life hit his own skin.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Nor had the inner man been nurtured any better than the outer.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
British Dictionary definitions for nurtured

nurture

/ˈnɜːtʃə/
noun
1.
the act or process of promoting the development, etc, of a child
2.
something that nourishes
3.
(biology) the environmental factors that partly determine the structure of an organism See also nature (sense 12)
verb (transitive)
4.
to feed or support
5.
to educate or train
Derived Forms
nurturable, adjective
nurturer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French norriture, from Latin nutrīre to nourish
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Word Origin and History for nurtured

nurture

v.

"to feed or nourish," early 15c., from nurture (n.). Related: Nurtured; nurturing.

nurture

n.

c.1300, "breeding, upbringing," from Old French norture, nourreture "food, nourishment; education, training," from Late Latin nutritia (see nursery).

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