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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.
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noun
  1. rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
  2. development: the nurture of young artists.
  3. something that nourishes; nourishment; food.
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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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Examples from the Web for well-nurtured

Historical Examples

  • She started me poor and in rags: I was above repining, and called myself rich and well-nurtured.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • Thus far his life had been precisely like that of any other well-nurtured lad of twenty-two.

    A Transient Guest

    Edgar Saltus

  • The well-nurtured gentleman, even in that case, will only look unhappy and say not a word.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope

  • No sound civilization is possible except in a community which in the mass is not only well-nurtured but well-bred.

  • He embodied a sound, well-nurtured type and brought to it hardly an individual variation.

    The Shadow of Life

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick


British Dictionary definitions for well-nurtured

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)
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verb (tr)
  1. to feed or support
  2. to educate or train
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Derived Formsnurturable, adjectivenurturer, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French norriture, from Latin nutrīre to nourish
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Word Origin and History for well-nurtured

nurture

v.

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

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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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