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/ ˈnɜr tʃər /
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verb (used with object), nur·tured, nur·tur·ing.

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.
to bring up; train; educate.


rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
development: the nurture of young artists.
something that nourishes; nourishment; food.



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Origin of nurture

First recorded in 1300–50; (noun) Middle English norture, from Middle French, variant of nourriture, from Late Latin nūtrītūra “a nourishing,” equivalent to Latin nūtrīt(us) (past participle of nūtrīre “to feed”) + -ūra noun suffix; see nourish, -ure; (verb) derivative of the noun
1, 3. See nurse.
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British Dictionary definitions for nurture

/ (ˈnɜːtʃə) /


the act or process of promoting the development, etc, of a child
something that nourishes
biology the environmental factors that partly determine the structure of an organismSee also nature (def. 12)

verb (tr)

to feed or support
to educate or train
nurturable, adjectivenurturer, noun
C14: from Old French norriture, from Latin nutrīre to nourish
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