- 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.
Origin of nurture
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Examples from the Web for nurturing
On the opposite end of the spectrum are two other standout works, which depict Mary as a loving, nurturing mother.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
December 7, 2014
But my silence was not only wrong; I am complicit on some level in nurturing the “rape culture” that we see today in our country.What Trait Do Bill Cosby’s Defenders Share?
November 26, 2014
Robin Williams, as I knew him, was warm, gentle, expressive, nurturing, and brilliant.Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids
August 18, 2014
UNICEF also tries to make sure that all children go to school in places that are safe and nurturing.Lucy Liu: Child Trafficking Must End Now
June 26, 2014
But among pedophiles, this trend is skewed, with sexual, as opposed to nurturing, emotions burgeoning.Study Finds Pedophiles’ Brains Wired to Find Children Attractive
May 23, 2014
What mattered now was planting and nurturing civilization on Tanith.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
Had I been instrumental in nurturing those flowers of the heart?The Quadroon
Perhaps it is just as well, for we are novices at nurturing even yet!Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
Yes, dear brother, by nurturing this love you do her a worse evil than you know of.Penshurst Castle
A copse is a plot of ground, proportioned off for the purpose of nurturing wood.Woodland Gleanings
- 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)
- to feed or support
- to educate or train
Word Origin and History for nurturing
"to feed or nourish," early 15c., from nurture (n.). Related: Nurtured; nurturing.
c.1300, "breeding, upbringing," from Old French norture, nourreture "food, nourishment; education, training," from Late Latin nutritia (see nursery).