noun nur·ture \ˈnər-chər\

: the care and attention given to someone or something that is growing or developing

Full Definition of NURTURE

:  something that nourishes :  food
:  the sum of the environmental factors influencing the behavior and traits expressed by an organism

Examples of NURTURE

  1. Members of the family helped in the nurture of the baby.

Origin of NURTURE

Middle English norture, nurture, from Anglo-French nureture, from Late Latin nutritura act of nursing, from Latin nutritus, past participle of nutrire to suckle, nourish — more at nourish
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with NURTURE



: to help (something or someone) to grow, develop, or succeed

: to take care of (someone or something that is growing or developing) by providing food, protection, a place to live, etc.

: to hold (something, such as an idea or a strong feeling) in your mind for a long time

nur·turednur·tur·ing \ˈnərch-riŋ, ˈnər-chə-\

Full Definition of NURTURE

transitive verb
:  to supply with nourishment
:  educate
:  to further the development of :  foster
nur·tur·er \ˈnər-chər-ər\ noun

Examples of NURTURE

  1. Teachers should nurture their students' creativity.
  2. a professor who nurtures any student who shows true interest in history
  3. The study looks at the ways parents nurture their children.
  4. You have to carefully nurture the vines if you want them to produce good grapes.
  5. She nurtured a secret ambition to be a singer.

First Known Use of NURTURE

15th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


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