- 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 nurtured
“The golden age of Parisian smiles nurtured, and was nurtured by, the rise of dentistry as a vocation,” writes Jones.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
Its reporting and commentary on politics, society, and arts and letters have nurtured a broad liberal spirit in our national life.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
December 5, 2014
A precocious talent, he was nurtured by enlightened teachers in London and then discovered California.
Mina's pupils are cherished, respected and nurtured, as anyone can see.Challenging Religious Tradition for the Love of God — and the Love of Dance
June 16, 2014
One hopes they will be nurtured and continue to grow, whichever candidate emerges victorious next Tuesday.The Leak of a Mysterious Video Could Change the Outcome of Newark’s Mayor’s Race
Charles Upton Sahm
May 5, 2014
Leila, thou hast been nurtured with tenderness, and schooled with care.Leila, Complete
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
They had to be nurtured and upheld, no matter how the contacts of life hit his own skin.The Prisoner
Nor had the inner man been nurtured any better than the outer.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
- 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 nurtured
"to feed or nourish," early 15c., from nurture (n.). Related: Nurtured; nurturing.
c.1300, "breeding, upbringing," from Old French norture, nourreture "food, nourishment; education, training," from Late Latin nutritia (see nursery).