Definition of nurse
- Time is the nurse and breeder of all good.
The nurse will take your blood pressure before the doctor sees you.
Nurse, may I have some water?
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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