nurse

[ nurs ]
/ nɜrs /

noun

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

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


Nearby words

  1. nuristan,
  2. nuristani,
  3. nurl,
  4. nurmi,
  5. nurmi, paavo,
  6. nurse a drink,
  7. nurse a grudge,
  8. nurse anesthetist,
  9. nurse crop,
  10. nurse practitioner

Origin of nurse

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English, variant of n(o)urice, norice < Old French < Late Latin nūtrīcia, noun use of feminine of Latin nūtrīcius nutritious; (v.) earlier nursh (reduced form of nourish), assimilated to the noun

SYNONYMS FOR nurse
9. encourage, abet, help, aid, back. 14. rear, raise. 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.

Related formsnon·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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Word Origin and History for nurse
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Medicine 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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