nurse

noun
\ ˈnərs How to pronounce nurse (audio) \

Definition of nurse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : 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
2a : a woman who suckles an infant not her own : wet nurse
b : a woman who takes care of a young child : dry nurse
3 : one that looks after, fosters, or advises Time is the nurse and breeder of all good.— Shakespeare
4a : a worker form of a social (see social entry 1 sense 4b) insect (such as an ant or a bee) that cares for the young
b : a female mammal used to suckle (see suckle sense 1a) the young of another a nurse cow

nurse

verb
nursed; nursing

Definition of nurse (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to nourish at the breast : suckle
b : to take nourishment from the breast of
2a : to care for and wait on (someone, such as a sick person)
b : to attempt to cure by care and treatment
3a : to manage with care or economy nursed the business through hard times nursed a 1–0 lead
b : to promote the development or progress of
c : to take charge of and watch over
4 : to hold in one's memory or consideration nurse a grievance
5a : 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

intransitive verb

1a : to feed at the breast : suck
b : to feed an offspring from the breast
2 : to act or serve as a nurse

Nurse

biographical name
\ ˈnərs How to pronounce Nurse (audio) \

Definition of Nurse (Entry 3 of 3)

Sir Paul Maxime 1949–     British geneticist

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Verb

nurser noun

Examples of nurse in a Sentence

Noun The nurse will take your blood pressure before the doctor sees you. Nurse, may I have some water? Verb She is nursing her son through his illness. The couple nursed the business through hard times. He nursed the farm back to productivity. The team nursed a 1–0 lead until the last inning. The dog nursed her puppies. The baby nursed for several months. The puppies nursed for eight weeks.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That means most renters could be working Detroiters, typically police officers, nurses or teachers, said Marcia Ventura, senior vice president of Invest Detroit. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Affordable housing project aims to bring economic jolt to Detroit neighborhood," 14 Nov. 2019 Complaints against three former Hacienda HealthCare nurses were dismissed by the Arizona Board of Nursing on May 16. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Former doctor to Hacienda patient surrenders his medical license," 14 Nov. 2019 The Journal reported that patients and physicians were not informed of the project, though Ascension said that some clinicians and nurses were involved. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "HHS to probe whether Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ followed federal privacy law," 13 Nov. 2019 Identical twin nurses help deliver identical twin girls at Georgia hospital The couple welcomed Easton in October 2018, just four months after the death of Emeline. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "Bode and Morgan Miller welcome identical twin boys: 'It was just so amazing'," 12 Nov. 2019 Gertie was hired and found a house in Georgetown for herself, her 2-year-old daughter, the child's nurse and a housekeeper. oregonlive, "The first American woman in uniform captured by the Nazis: Veterans Day 2019," 11 Nov. 2019 One said a beautician, one said a nurse, and one said a teacher. John Fund, National Review, "The Berlin Wall Is Gone, but Its Lessons Remain," 10 Nov. 2019 For example, counselors and nurses helped women get medical attention, information and referrals for services to meet their needs. Anne Deprince, The Conversation, "Don’t make intimate violence victims look for help – research shows they fare better when police and community organizations coordinate assistance," 1 Nov. 2019 Here’s one certified nurse-midwife’s explanation for why postpartum care needs to head in this direction. 7. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Ways We Can Actually Reduce Black Maternal Mortality," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The staff runs tests on each and nurses them back to health since many were found badly injured. Fox News, "Hurricane Dorian victims reunite with their beloved pets weeks after storm," 14 Sep. 2019 He was nursed back to health by a wildlife rehabilitator but deemed unreleasable because his blindness limited his ability to hunt, Salant said, so he was sent to the zoo. Brian Contreras, The Seattle Times, "After escape, Gunnar, Woodland Park Zoo’s red-tailed hawk, returns home," 26 Aug. 2019 Ilene applied to foster Hope, nursed her back to health and helped find Hope’s furever home. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "National Mutt’s Day: Orlando animal shelters and rescues talk mixed breed dogs," 22 July 2019 Calciomercato are reporting that Chiellini has suffered the same calf injury that troubled him last season, and the Italian will remain at the club's training centre to nurse it. SI.com, "Giorgio Chiellini's Pre-Season Participation in Doubt After Suffering Recurrence of Calf Injury," 20 July 2019 Turin stopped to nurse him on a granite outcropping. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 The Celtics opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and nursed it the rest of the way, holding on through a four-minute scoring drought that saw Cleveland score nine straight points to cut the deficit to 83-71. Jimmy Golen, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics beat Cavaliers to take 3-2 lead in East finals," 24 May 2018 Coach Tyronn Lue is gone for now, nursing himself back to health. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "LeBron James: Raptors 'in a better place' than Cavaliers entering tonight's showdown," 21 Mar. 2018 Grant, who suffered a season-ending left calf injury last season, and has been nursing a muscle strain for all but one week of training camp this summer, was slated to make $720,000 in the final year of his rookie deal. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins finalizing four-year extension for Jakeem Grant," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nurse

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for nurse

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English nurshen to suckle, nourish, contraction of nurishen

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18 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for nurse

The first known use of nurse was in the 13th century

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nurse

noun
How to pronounce Nurse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of nurse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is trained to care for sick or injured people and who usually works in a hospital or doctor's office
old-fashioned : a woman who is paid to take care of a young child usually in the child's home

nurse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of nurse (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

nurse

noun
\ ˈnərs How to pronounce nurse (audio) \

Kids Definition of nurse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person skilled or trained in caring for sick or injured people
2 : a woman employed for the care of a young child

nurse

verb
nursed; nursing

Kids Definition of nurse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to feed at the breast : suckle
2 : to take care of (as a young child or a sick person) She nursed me back to health.
3 : to treat with special care or attention Nurse that ankle until it's all healed.

nurse

noun
\ ˈnərs How to pronounce nurse (audio) \

Medical Definition of nurse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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 — see licensed practical nurse, licensed vocational nurse, registered nurse
2 : a woman who suckles an infant not her own : wet nurse

nurse

verb
nursed; nursing

Medical Definition of nurse (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to nourish at the breast : suckle
b : to take nourishment from the breast of : suck milk from
2a : to care for and wait on (as an injured or infirm person)
b : to attempt a cure of (as an ailment) by care and treatment

intransitive verb

1a : to feed an offspring from the breast
b : to feed at the breast : suck
2 : to act or serve as a nurse

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