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nurse

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of nurse

  1. a girl or woman employed to care for a young child or children <sent his little son back to his nurse so that he could return to his study to work> Synonyms babysitter, dry nurse, nanny (also nannie), nursemaid, nurser, sitter Related Words amah, ayah; au pair, bonne; mammy; duenna, fraulein, governess, mademoiselle




nurse

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of nurse

  1. 1 to attend to the needs and comforts of <willingly lent a hand to nurse his grandmother in her final years, helping her get from one room to the other and making sure she was warm> Synonyms administer (to), care (for), minister (to), mother Related Words cure, heal, remedy; doctor, treat; aid, conserve, preserve, provide (for), support; baby, coddle, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil; cater (to), humor; indulge Phrases do for [chiefly British], look after, look out for, look to, see to, take care of, wait on (also wait upon) Near Antonyms brush (aside or off), forget, ignore, neglect, overlook, slight

  2. 2 to give milk to from the breast <a new mother's decision to nurse her baby> Synonyms breast-feed, suckle, wet-nurse Related Words bottle-feed Near Antonyms wean

  3. 3 to keep in one's mind or heart <he continues to nurse a tender affection for his first girlfriend> Synonyms bear, cherish, entertain, have, hold, harborRelated Words cultivate, foster, nurture, support, sustain; carry, keep, maintain, preserve, remember, retain, treasure; cleave (to), cling (to), hug, stick (to); brood (about or over), fixate (on or upon), obsess (about or over)Near Antonyms disregard, drop, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook; abjure, decline, deny, disdain, refuse, reject, repudiate, scorn; abandon, desert, discard, forsake, give up, part (with), quit, renounce, throw out; erase, expunge

  4. 4 to treat with great or excessive care <nursed his sprained ankle for the rest of the week> Synonyms cocker, coddle, cosset, dandle, indulge, mollycoddle, baby, pamper, spoil, wet-nurseRelated Words cater (to), humor; content, delight, gladden, gratify, mother, oblige, please, satisfy; appease, mollify, pacify, placate, sootheNear Antonyms control, discipline, restrain; oppress; neglect, overlook, slight; molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture, victimizeAntonyms abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, manhandle, mishandle, mistreat, misuse

  5. 5 to bring to maturity through care and education <as foster parents they accepted and nursed 16 needy children over the years> Synonyms breed, foster, nourish, bring up, raise, rearRelated Words father, mother; attend, care (for), cradle, cultivate, mind, minister (to), nurture, watch; discipline, educate, instruct, mentor, school, teach, train, tutor; edify, enlighten, indoctrinate; feed, provide (for), supply; advance, forward, further, promote; prepare; direct, guide, lead, shepherd, showNear Antonyms abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mishandle, mistreat; ignore, neglect; harm, hurt, injure

  6. 6 to help the growth or development of <her teachers did much to nurse her literary talent> Synonyms advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, further, incubate, nourish, foster, nurture, promoteRelated Words advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), support, uphold; endow, finance, fund, patronize, stake, subsidize, underwrite; abet, aid, assist; advertise, boost, plug, publicize, tout; agitate (for), campaign (for), work (for)Near Antonyms ban, bar, enjoin, forbid, interdict, outlaw, prevent, prohibit, proscribe; battle, combat, contend (with), counter, fight, oppose; repress, snuff (out), squash, squelch, stifle, subdue, suppress; arrest, check, halt, retard; encumber, fetter, hobble, impede, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackleAntonyms discourage, frustrate, hinder, inhibit

  7. 7 to use or give out in stingy amounts <he carefully nursed his energy during the marathon so that he would have something left for the final stretch> Synonyms spare, scant, skimp (on), stint (on)Related Words dole out, mete (out), portion (out), ration (out); pinch, shortchange; conserve, preserveNear Antonyms heap, lavish, pour, rain, shower




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