- 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
Synonyms for nurture
1, 3. See nurse.
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- 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 for nurture
C14: from Old French norriture, from Latin nutrīre to nourish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"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).
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