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noun \ˈnərs\

Simple Definition of nurse

  • : a person who is trained to care for sick or injured people and who usually works in a hospital or doctor's office

  • : a woman who is paid to take care of a young child usually in the child's home

Full Definition of nurse

  1. 1 a :  a woman who suckles an infant not her own :  wet nurse b :  a woman who takes care of a young child :  dry nurse

  2. 2 :  one that looks after, fosters, or advises

  3. 3 :  a person who cares for the sick or infirm; specifically :  a licensed health-care professional who practices independently or is supervised by a physician, surgeon, or dentist and who is skilled in promoting and maintaining health — compare licensed practical nurse, registered nurse

  4. 4 a :  a worker form of a social insect (as an ant or a bee) that cares for the young b :  a female mammal used to suckle the young of another

Examples of nurse

  1. The nurse will take your blood pressure before the doctor sees you.

  2. Nurse, may I have some water?

Origin of nurse

Middle English norice, norce, nurse, from Anglo-French nurice, from Late Latin nutricia, from Latin, feminine of nutricius nourishing — more at nutritious

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with nurse




Simple Definition of nurse

  • : to take care of or help (someone who is sick or injured)

  • : to give special care or attention to (something) : to try to keep (something) from failing

  • : to feed (a baby or young animal) with milk from the mother's body

Full Definition of nurse


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to nourish at the breast :  suckle b :  to take nourishment from the breast of

  3. 2 :  rear, educate

  4. 3 a :  to promote the development or progress of b :  to manage with care or economy <nursed the business through hard times> <nursed a 1–0 lead> c :  to take charge of and watch over

  5. 4 a :  to care for and wait on (as a sick person) b :  to attempt to cure by care and treatment

  6. 5 :  to hold in one's memory or consideration <nurse a grievance>

  7. 6 a :  to use, handle, or operate carefully so as to conserve energy or avoid injury or pain <nurse a sprained ankle> b :  to use sparingly c :  to consume slowly or over a long period <nurse a cup of coffee>

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 a :  to feed an offspring from the breast b :  to feed at the breast :  suck

  10. 2 :  to act or serve as a nurse

nurs·er noun

Examples of nurse

  1. She is nursing her son through his illness.

  2. The couple nursed the business through hard times.

  3. He nursed the farm back to productivity.

  4. The team nursed a 1–0 lead until the last inning.

  5. The dog nursed her puppies.

  6. The baby nursed for several months.

  7. The puppies nursed for eight weeks.

Origin of nurse

Middle English nurshen to suckle, nourish, contraction of nurishen

First Known Use: 14th century


biographical name \ˈnərs\

Definition of Nurse

  1. Sir Paul Maxime 1949–     British geneticist

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