nurture

[nur-cher]
verb (used with object), nur·tured, nur·tur·ing.
  1. to feed and protect: to nurture one's offspring.
  2. to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture promising musicians.
  3. to bring up; train; educate.
noun
  1. rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
  2. development: the nurture of young artists.
  3. something that nourishes; nourishment; food.

Origin of nurture

1300–50; (noun) Middle English norture < Middle French, variant of nourriture < Late Latin nūtrītūra a nourishing, equivalent to Latin nūtrīt(us) (past participle of nūtrīre to feed, nourish) + -ūra -ure; (v.) derivative of the noun
Related formsnur·tur·a·ble, adjectivenur·ture·less, adjectivenur·tur·er, nounun·nur·tured, adjectivewell-nur·tured, adjective

Synonyms for nurture

1, 3. See nurse.
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Examples from the Web for well-nurtured

Historical Examples of well-nurtured

  • She started me poor and in rags: I was above repining, and called myself rich and well-nurtured.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • Thus far his life had been precisely like that of any other well-nurtured lad of twenty-two.

    A Transient Guest

    Edgar Saltus

  • The well-nurtured gentleman, even in that case, will only look unhappy and say not a word.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope

  • No sound civilization is possible except in a community which in the mass is not only well-nurtured but well-bred.

  • He embodied a sound, well-nurtured type and brought to it hardly an individual variation.

    The Shadow of Life

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick


British Dictionary definitions for well-nurtured

nurture

noun
  1. the act or process of promoting the development, etc, of a child
  2. something that nourishes
  3. biology the environmental factors that partly determine the structure of an organismSee also nature (def. 12)
verb (tr)
  1. to feed or support
  2. to educate or train
Derived Formsnurturable, adjectivenurturer, noun

Word Origin for nurture

C14: from Old French norriture, from Latin nutrīre to nourish
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Word Origin and History for well-nurtured

nurture

v.

"to feed or nourish," early 15c., from nurture (n.). Related: Nurtured; nurturing.

nurture

n.

c.1300, "breeding, upbringing," from Old French norture, nourreture "food, nourishment; education, training," from Late Latin nutritia (see nursery).

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