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nurture (ˈnɜːtʃə Pronunciation for nurture



  1. the act or process of promoting the development, etc, of a child
  2. something that nourishes
  3. (biology) the environmental factors that partly determine the structure of an organism See also nature (sense 12)

verb (transitive)

  1. to feed or support
  2. to educate or train

Derived Forms

ˈnurturable adjective
ˈnurturer noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French norriture, from Latin nutrīre to nourish

Translations for 'nurture'

  • British English: nurture If you nurture something such as a young child or a young plant, you care for it while it is growing and developing. VERBParents want to know the best way to nurture and raise their child to adulthood.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: alimentar
  • Chinese: 养育养養育
  • European Spanish: alimentar
  • French: élever
  • German: aufziehen
  • Italian: allevare
  • Japanese: 養育する
  • Korean: 양육하다
  • Portuguese: alimentar
  • Spanish: alimentar

Example Sentences Including 'nurture'

And they were to nurture and act as agony aunts to their offspring.
Emecheta, Buchi Gwendolen
And, in the garden, we look at how to nurture fuchsias to get the best results.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
Cultivate and nurture relationships with people you love and don't take them for granted.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
Em had been right to nurture her sense of independence, to suggest that buried family histories were best left to rest.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
She said:'The nurture of children should be a primary objective of every society.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
So nourish your social connections - nurture your friendships.
New Scientist (2003)
Surely they wouldn't try anything until the others arrived -- it would take time for them to nurture recklessness.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
We are culturally biased to believe that women who nurture themselves are selfish.
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