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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 of nurse babysitter, dry nurse, nanny (also nannie), nursemaid, nurser, sitter Words Related to nurse 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 of nurse administer (to), care (for), minister (to), mother Words Related to nurse 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 of nurse 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 of nurse breast-feed, suckle, wet-nurse Words Related to nurse bottle-feed Near Antonyms of nurse wean

  3. 3 to keep in one's mind or heart he continues to nurse a tender affection for his first girlfriend Synonyms of nurse bear, cherish, entertain, have, hold, harborWords Related to nurse 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 of nurse 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 of nurse cocker, coddle, cosset, dandle, indulge, mollycoddle, baby, pamper, spoil, wet-nurseWords Related to nurse cater (to), humor; content, delight, gladden, gratify, mother, oblige, please, satisfy; appease, mollify, pacify, placate, sootheNear Antonyms of nurse control, discipline, restrain; oppress; neglect, overlook, slight; molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture, victimizeAntonyms of nurse 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 of nurse breed, foster, nourish, bring up, raise, rearWords Related to nurse 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 of nurse 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 of nurse advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, further, incubate, nourish, foster, nurture, promoteWords Related to nurse 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 of nurse 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 of nurse 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 of nurse spare, scant, skimp (on), stint (on)Words Related to nurse dole out, mete (out), portion (out), ration (out); pinch, shortchange; conserve, preserveNear Antonyms of nurse heap, lavish, pour, rain, shower


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