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nurture

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noun nur·ture \ˈnər-chər\

Simple Definition of nurture

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nurture

  1. 1 :  training, upbringing

  2. 2 :  something that nourishes :  food

  3. 3 :  the sum of the environmental factors influencing the behavior and traits expressed by an organism

Examples of nurture in a sentence

  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

Rhymes with nurture


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nurture

verb nur·ture

Simple Definition of 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nurture

nurturednurturing play \ˈnərch-riŋ, ˈnər-chə-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to supply with nourishment

  3. 2 :  educate

  4. 3 :  to further the development of :  foster

nurturer play \ˈnər-chər-ər\ noun

Examples of nurture in a sentence

  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.



Did You Know?

It's no coincidence that nurture is a synonym of nourish-both are derived from the Latin verb nutrire, meaning "to suckle" or "to nourish." The noun nurture first appeared in English in the 14th century, but the verb didn't arrive until the 15th century. Originally, the verb nurture meant "to feed or nourish." The sense meaning "to promote the development of" didn't come into being until the end of the 18th century. Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, is credited with first giving life to that sense in her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792): "Public spirit must be nurtured by private virtue." Other nutrire descendants in English include nutrient, nutritious, nutriment, nutrition, and, of course, nourishment.

15th Century

First Known Use of nurture

15th century


NURTURE Defined for Kids

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nurture

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noun nur·ture \ˈnər-chər\

Definition of nurture for Students

  1. 1 :  the way a person or animal was raised :  upbringing

  2. 2 :  something (as food) that is essential to healthy growth and development




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nurture

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verb nur·ture

Definition of nurture for Students

nurturednurturing

  1. 1 :  to provide with things (as food and protection) essential to healthy growth and development <He was nurtured by loving parents.>

  2. 2 :  to further the development of <The teacher nurtured the students' creativity.>





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