- 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 nurturer
She was especially angry with her mother, who has never played the role of nurturer or protector.‘The Distance Between Us’ by Reyna Grande
September 23, 2012
At Teuthea in Achaea she was worshipped as the goddess of the woodland pasture, and at Cnidus as the nurturer of the hyacinth.The Sacred Tree
J. H. Philpot
Thus says the Oracle, the Guardian, the Nurturer, marked like all who went before her with the holy mark of the new moon.The Ivory Child
H. Rider Haggard
- 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 nurturer
"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).