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.
- nur·tur·a·ble, adjective
- nur·ture·less, adjective
- nur·tur·er, noun
- un·nur·tured, adjective
- well-nur·tured, adjective
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How to use nurture in a sentence
Oddly you nurture it, it is part of you, and inescapably part of your past, present, and future.
Will asking for a barrel-aged Negroni help to nurture some European class?
Nature and nurture, genetics and family background all come into play.
For me, it bred the question of what nature and nurture can really do to someone.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba on Her Journey From Track Phenom to Crazy Eyes | Marlow Stern | June 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The two sides are not likely to reach agreement on this nature/nurture debate anytime soon.
They troubled themselves with no theories of education, but mingled gentle nurture with “wholesome neglect.”Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
Anxious, to excess, to bring them up in orthodox nurture and admonition: and this is how they reward me, Herr Feldzeugmeister!History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VII. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
In making such a sacrifice they are but repaying the debt of nurture.American Sketches | Charles Whibley
Sane, honorable evangelism never excludes Christian nurture any more than the sunlight obviates the necessity of soil cultivation.The United Seas | Robert W. Rogers
If he does break silence it will probably be in terms of the religious cult that has given him nurture.The Minister and the Boy | Allan Hoben
British Dictionary definitions for nurture
the act or process of promoting the development, etc, of a child
something that nourishes
to feed or support
to educate or train
- nurturable, adjective
- nurturer, noun
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