nurse


nurse

verb

Definition of NURSE

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
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
to give milk to from the breast <a new mother's decision to nurse her baby>
Related Words bottle-feed
Near Antonyms wean
3
to keep in one's mind or heart <he continues to nurse a tender affection for his first girlfriend>
Related 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)
4
to treat with great or excessive care <nursed his sprained ankle for the rest of the week>
5
to bring to maturity through care and education <as foster parents they accepted and nursed 16 needy children over the years>
6
to help the growth or development of <her teachers did much to nurse her literary talent>
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 nurse, scant, skimp (on), stint (on)
Related Words dole out, mete (out), portion (out), ration (out); pinch, shortchange; conserve, preserve
Near Antonyms heap, lavish, pour, rain, shower

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