verb (used with object), nursed, nurs·ing.
verb (used without object), nursed, nurs·ing.
Origin of nurse
Synonyms for nurse
Antonyms for nurse
Related Words for nurseassistant, attendant, therapist, medic, feed, nourish, vaccinate, cradle, caretaker, RN, sitter, minder, pamper, immunize, further, cultivate, humor, sit, support, father
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Contemporary Examples of nurse
At the hospital, I was told to wait, and was given some tea by a nurse.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
I learn by the third day to tell the nurse privately to make mine mostly orange juice.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Then Allison went back to Pacey, and Noah went back to Nurse Abby from E.R.How Will They End ‘The Affair’? Showtime’s Adultery Drama Defies Predictability
December 11, 2014
She set a career nominations record with her 21st nod—all in the TV fields—for Best Actress in a Comedy for Nurse Jackie.Jennifer Aniston, Oscar Nominee? 5 Takeaways from the 2015 SAG Award Nominations
December 10, 2014
Phyllis, who was a nurse, went down to Mississippi to provide medical care for people like Joan.Eric Garner Protests: ‘It’s Like Vietnam’
Abby Haglage, Caitlin Dickson, Jacob Siegel, Chris Allbritton
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of nurse
She and her nurse had been stolen from the Ionian coast, by Greek pirates.
You were scarcely two years old, when you and your nurse suddenly disappeared.
When Nurse had gone she would lie still in her cot, waiting.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
My mother has been very ill; and would have no other nurse but me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
As between child and parent or nurse it is not argued about because it is inevitable.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for nurse
12c., nurrice "wet-nurse, foster-mother to a young child" (modern form from late 14c.), from Old French norrice "foster-mother, wet-nurse, nanny" (source of proper name Norris), from Late Latin *nutricia "nurse, governess, tutoress," noun use of fem. of Latin nutricius "that suckles, nourishes," from nutrix (genitive nutricis) "wet-nurse," from nutrire "to suckle" (see nourish). Meaning "person who takes care of sick" in English first recorded 1580s.
"dog fish, shark," late 15c., of unknown origin.
1530s, "to suckle (an infant);" 1520s in the passive sense, "to bring up" (a child); alteration of Middle English nurshen (13c.; see nourish), Sense of "take care of (a sick person)" is first recorded 1736. Related: Nursed; nursing.