present participle of nurse

Synonyms & Antonyms of nursing

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 for nursing

Words Related to nursing

Phrases Synonymous with nursing

Near Antonyms for nursing

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

Synonyms for nursing

Words Related to nursing

Near Antonyms for nursing

  • weaning
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 for nursing

Words Related to nursing

Near Antonyms for nursing

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nursing

Time Traveler for nursing

Time Traveler

The first known use of nursing was circa 1533

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Nursing.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on nursing

Dictionary: Definition of nursing

Medical Dictionary: Definition of nursing

Nglish: Translation of nursing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of nursing for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about nursing

Comments on nursing

What made you want to look up nursing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!