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Synonyms of 'nurture'

(noun) 
Definition
the act or process of promoting the development of a child or young plant
The human organism learns partly by nature, partly by nurture.
Synonyms
upbringing
Martin's upbringing shaped his whole life.
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training
He had no formal training as a decorator.
She will soon be back in training for next year.
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education
institutions for the care and education of children
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instruction
Each candidate is given instruction in safety.
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rearing
,
(noun) 
Synonyms
food
Enjoy your food!
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diet
Watch your diet – you need plenty of fruit and vegetables.
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nourishment
He was unable to take nourishment for several days.
(verb) 
Definition
to promote or encourage the development of
Parents want to know the best way to nurture and raise their children to adulthood.
Synonyms
bring up
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raise
the house where she was raised
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look after
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rear
I was reared in east Texas.
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care for
,
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to promote or encourage the development of
The modern conservatory is not an environment for nurturing plants.
Synonyms
tend
The woman dug and tended her garden.
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grow
I always grow a few red onions in my allotment.
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cultivate
She cultivated a small garden of her own.
(verb) 
Definition
to promote or encourage the development of
Seema's interest in literature was nurtured by her parents.
Synonyms
encourage
Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
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support
I've supported Newcastle all my life.
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sustain
I am sustained by letters of support.
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cultivate
She went out of her way to cultivate his friendship.
(verb) 
Synonyms
nourish
The food the mother eats nourishes both her and her baby.
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feed
Feeding a hungry family is expensive.
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nurse
She did not have enough milk to nurse the infant.
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of cultivate
Definition
to grow (plants)
She cultivated a small garden of her own.
Synonyms
bring under cultivation
in the sense of cultivate
Definition
to develop or improve (something) by giving special attention to it
She went out of her way to cultivate his friendship.
in the sense of diet
Definition
to follow a special diet so as to lose weight
Watch your diet – you need plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Synonyms
provisions,
rations,
kai (New Zealand, informal),
commons,
edibles,
comestibles,
viands,
aliment

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