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nurse

[ nurs ]
/ nɜrs /
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noun

verb (used with object), nursed, nurs·ing.

verb (used without object), nursed, nurs·ing.

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Origin of nurse

First recorded before 1350–1400; (noun) Middle English, variant of n(o)urice, norice, from Old French, from Late Latin nūtrīcia, noun use of feminine of Latin nūtrīciusnutritious; (verb) earlier nursh (reduced form of nourish), assimilated to the noun

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14. Nurse, nourish, nurture may be used almost interchangeably to refer to bringing up the young. Nurse, however, suggests attendance and service; nourish emphasizes providing whatever is needful for development; and nurture suggests tenderness and solicitude in training mind and manners.

OTHER WORDS FROM nurse

non·nurs·ing, adjectiveo·ver·nurse, verb (used with object), o·ver·nursed, o·ver·nurs·ing.un·der·nurse, nounwell-nursed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nurse

nurse
/ (nɜːs) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Word Origin for nurse

C16: from earlier norice, Old French nourice, from Late Latin nūtrīcia nurse, from Latin nūtrīcius nourishing, from nūtrīre to nourish
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Medical definitions for nurse

nurse
[ nûrs ]

n.

A person trained to care for the sick or disabled, especially one educated in the scientific basis of human response to health problems and trained to assist a physician.
A wet nurse.
An individual who cares for an infant or young child.

v.

To serve as a nurse.
To provide or take nourishment from the breast; suckle.
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