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nurture

[nur-cher]
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verb (used with object), nur·tured, nur·tur·ing.
  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
  1. rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
  2. development: the nurture of young artists.
  3. something that nourishes; nourishment; food.

Origin of nurture

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 formsnur·tur·a·ble, adjectivenur·ture·less, adjectivenur·tur·er, nounun·nur·tured, adjectivewell-nur·tured, adjective

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1, 3. See nurse.
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  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for nurturer

nurture

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 organismSee also nature (def. 12)
verb (tr)
  1. to feed or support
  2. to educate or train
Derived Formsnurturable, adjectivenurturer, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French norriture, from Latin nutrīre to nourish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for nurturer

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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