verb (used with object), nursed, nurs·ing.
verb (used without object), nursed, nurs·ing.
Origin of nurse
Synonyms for nurse
Antonyms for nurse
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Contemporary Examples of nursing
They made it home, after which he did die, she nursing him to the end.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
“Ovens using gas cylinders were set up to make bread under bridges, and nursing stations appeared, offering medicines,” he writes.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
She spent almost two years in a nursing home – two years of loneliness she would like to forget.Care Providers Fight for $15 and a Union
Jasmin Almodovar, Shirley Thompson
December 5, 2014
He was known to traverse Brooklyn to visit somebody a decade older than himself in a nursing home.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
October 13, 2014
“In two of four hospitals assessed, nursing staff members were not coming to work or had abandoned facilities,” the paper reads.$10,000 a Month for Ebola Fighters
October 7, 2014
Historical Examples of nursing
Then you mean to give up society for the sake of nursing the poor?Weighed and Wanting
Kingozi, nursing the bowl of his pipe, continued to stare up at him.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He flicked the ashes from his cigar, nursing his knee with the other hand.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
I found the kindliest of nursing and care in my old quarters in the Schuyler mansion.In the Valley
Was the nursing of my betrothed one of those services, Marquis?Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- the practice or profession of caring for the sick and injured
- (as modifier)a nursing home
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for nurse
1530s, verbal noun from nurse (v.). Meaning "profession of one who nurses the sick" is from 1860.
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.
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.