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nurse

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

a person 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

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nurse

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of nurse (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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2 to give milk to from the breast
  • a new mother's decision to nurse her baby

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  • wean
3 to keep in one's mind or heart
  • he continues to nurse a tender affection for his first girlfriend

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4 to treat with great or excessive care
  • nursed his sprained ankle for the rest of the week

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5 to bring to maturity through care and education
  • as foster parents they accepted and nursed 16 needy children over the years

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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

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

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“Nurse.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/nurse. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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